Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and Me!
Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and Me!
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From Karen Gravano, a star of the hit VH1 reality show Mob Wives, comes a revealing memoir of a mafia childhood, where love and family come hand-in-hand with murder and betrayal.
Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, once one of the mafia's most feared hit men. With nineteen confessed murders, the former Gambino Crime Family underboss—and John Gotti’s right-hand man—is the highest ranking gangster ever to turn State’s evidence and testify against members of his high-profile crime family.
But to Karen, Sammy Gravano was a sometimes elusive but always loving father figure. He was ever-present at the head of the dinner table. He made a living running a construction firm and several nightclubs. He stayed out late, and sometimes he didn’t come home at all. He hosted “secret” meetings at their house, and had countless whispered conversations with “business associates.” By the age of twelve, Karen knew he was a gangster. And as she grew up, while her peers worried about clothes and schoolwork, she was coming face-to-face with crime and murder. Gravano was nineteen years old when her father turned his back on the mob and cooperated with the Feds. The fabric of her family was ripped apart, and they were instantly rejected by the communities they grew up in.
This is the story of a daughter’s struggle to reconcile the image of her loving father with that of a murdering Mafioso, and how, in healing the rift between the two, she was able to forge a new life.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Publication Date:||February 14, 2012|
|Product Length:||6.29 inches|
|Product Width:||0.93 inches|
|Product Height:||9.59 inches|
|Product Weight:||0.97 pounds|
|Package Length:||9.3 inches|
|Package Width:||6.2 inches|
|Package Height:||1.0 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.05 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 280 reviews|
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230 of 248 found the following review helpful:
Hypocrite at it's finest.... Feb 19, 2012
By H. Coleman
I bought this book for two reasons. One being that I read her father's book Underboss. The second being that I watch Mob Wives every single Sunday.
I regret buying this book. Its horrible. Sentences are clipped. Thoughts are all over the place. At one point she goes from talking about her family being arrested to her nephew almost drowning. Like wait...what? The first, and really only time, she mentioned fellow cast mate Renee Graziano was when she said "She throws her fathers name around all the time, me and the girls (referring to Ramona and her sister Roxanne) don't do that." Umm HELLO!?? Are you serious right now?? YOU are always the one throwing around the "check my bloodline" "I'm Sammy the Bull's daughter" "Do you know who my father is?" I found her "story" to be extremely hypocritical. She claims that Ramona has been such an influence in her life and she's "your girl" how come she rarely mention her? She slams Drita for getting with Lee, stating that "you two weren't over" yet on page 188 she says, and I quote "I had accepted the fact that Lee and I were done." Really? Cause her actions, even in season 2, show otherwise. She also kept saying how this book wasn't about her father yet how the Mafia affected her life. I saw none of that really. What I saw was someone that was completely confused, reaping in the benefits of being "The Bull's daughter" and someone who enjoyed the lifestyle. Once she was shunned, then all of a sudden she hated it.
Waste of money, waste of my time. Frankly, this book just proved what a hypocrite she is (as if the show didn't make her look like one already). If you want a good Gravano read, read her father's book. At least then you say it's "captivating".
94 of 107 found the following review helpful:
Don't waste your dough Feb 21, 2012
By M. Corey
I don't know the author personally, but from what I see on TV, I really don't like her personality at all. THat being said, I thought I would give her the benefit of the doubt considering that she had a co-writer for this project and a good story.
What a let down. There was virtually nothing new revealed in this book. I think if you know the story about her father than you can safely assume what her family must have gone through. I have seen interviews where the author says that she felt it was time for her to tell HER story, but all these years later, honestly, who cares? Maybe if this book provided some true insight I'd feel differently, but it didn't. This is all a lot of fluff and I think she either just needed some money or its just a vehicle for her to move onto "bigger" things like Celebrity Apprentice or a new line of this or that.
She seems like she has some serious mental problems and anger issues and comes across as quite the narcissist. I think if anything her ego may need to be put in check if she thinks the world wants to know her side of what is essentially her dad's story (contrary to what she repeatedly says in interviews...that this is HER story. Its not.).
I'd say either wait for this to be deeply discounted, borrow it from a friend or get it from the library.
28 of 29 found the following review helpful:
Poorly written with no rhythm Mar 15, 2012
By M. Genovese
Being a big fan of the show Mob Wives, I was really looking forward to reading this book. I have alwaysbeen interested in the Mafia lifestyle and how it affected the families, being as I have direct family ties to the Genovese family of the prohibition days, when Vito Genovese was running the show. After hearing the book was a best seller was sure that Karen had penned a gem. Boy was I wrong! This book jumped all over the place, often leaving me confused. I did not learn anything in thid book that I hadn't alreaddy seen on the show.
Aren is my least favorite character on Mob Wives and I was really hoping that this book would some what redeem her, however the opposite happened. I now see her as someone who is trying to profit from her fathers noteriety, which I cannot respect. I can only assume that thebook hit the best seller list solely because of Mob Wife fans being curious about what Karen had to say. Based on the other reviews, it seems like the other readers agree with me.
In short, don't make the same mistake that did... take the other reviews seriously and don't waste your time reading this mess! I sure wish that I didnt give Karen my $11.99!
50 of 57 found the following review helpful:
Fill In The Pages... Feb 25, 2012
By Sharon Lynn
I'm sorry but if you're going to write a book and call it yours, you don't pull pages out of someone else's writing and throw that into yours. As you read the book, right in the middle of a sentence, words are crossed out and left for blank. This runs throughout the book. another problem, one moment she is writing about an incident, and all of a sudden, it skips the story and moves on to something completely different. I can't blame Karen Gravano for the problems, but I can blame the co-Author as she should have done her job and repaired these problems before the book was sent to be published. Why have a co-Author if she/he fails to perform the most important job they are responsible for? Now, onto her father. I don't understand how she can say her father was a great role model, and a loving parent when he killed animals in the presence of his young children? Her father went after a duck when Karen was just a young child. He pulled the duck's feathers out and grabbed a hold of the duck's neck and broke it. Another incident, her father pulled a rifle out while sitting with his son at the family pool, and forced his son who was a very young boy, to shoot the birds. Karen Gravano proudly responds that if her father had given her the rifle, she would have gladly shot 60 birds. Years later, of course, her father ran a drug dealing business and the loving father recruited his children to help him sell the drugs. Where did they find their customers? Schools. Her father is a child abuser and it's no wonder why Karen and her brother would fail to recognize their father as such a man. Karen and her brother don't know any better. Ask yourself, did your father kill harmless animals and force you to watch? Karen liked that. She said so. I would never trust her around animals. Her father is a coward. Anybody can kill a defenseless animal.
83 of 98 found the following review helpful:
RICK "SHAQ" GOLDSTEIN SAYS: **RAT-DAUGHTER** Feb 24, 2012
By Rick Shaq Goldstein
One of the largest subject classifications in my personal library is the section regarding criminal psychology, profiling, serial killers, law enforcement and organized crime. That is obviously the reason I bought this autobiography by Karen Gravano, the daughter of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano **THE BIGGEST RAT IN THE HISTORY OF ORGANIZED CRIME!!** Of all the books I've read in the aforementioned category... this is probably the worst one. In fact I don't believe any of the others I previously read could even be classified as bad. In no particular order of importance the following items should be pointed out to a potential reader: there are innumerable typos... there are endless "WOE-IS-ME" throughout the book... and one page the woe-is-me is because Daddy is a feared criminal... then the woe-is-me is that Daddy is in jail so I don't have everybody bending over backwards to wait on me hand and foot... and everybody isn't shivering in their boots... and then Daddy breaks every rule ever written or unwritten regarding loyalty to the Cosa Nostra about never ratting out his Mafia brothers... so that crushes the Mafia Princess... since she was raised to not tattle on her brother and vice versa... then the world is so mean because they don't understand that daddy-rat did the **HONORABLE** thing by ratting... then there could be "hit-teams" out to kill any and all members of our loving family.
One minute all the author wants is to make it in the straight world... then she's prouder of herself than if she discovered the cure for cancer because she has a marijuana sales and delivery service... ("I TOOK PRIDE IN BEING A DRUG DEALER, MAKING MY OWN MONEY AND HAVING PEOPLE LOOK UP TO ME.")... then later on she's crying the blues because she "innocently" gets busted along with her entire family for being involved in an ecstasy selling business.
At times it's disgusting how delusional she is when the newspapers' are plastered with the announcement that her father is going to squeal like a stuck pig-rat... and had "THE NAMES OF DAD'S NINETEEN MURDER VICTIMS ON TOMBSTONES." The lack of any true... sustained... empathy for the victims and their families make the reader shake their head in disbelief as to the incredulity of the self-centered-contradictions and complete disassociation from any true humanity. To add an almost comical insult-to-injury regarding the author and this book... there are eight pages of barely run of the mill pictures (compared to other crime books) in the book... and the last picture is "a drawing of Al Capone that Sammy completed while incarcerated"... if... after looking at the drawing of Capone... you turn back to the prior page upper right corner, there is a picture of the author... and if you either imagine Capone without the hat... or the author with the hat... they look eerily similar... just saying. That's the type of book it is.
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