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 ...

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Overview

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.

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“Told with candor and swagger, befitting a daughter of Mafia royalty.”—Publishers Weekly

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Gravano, daughter of former Gambino crime family underboss Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, candidly reflects on growing up in a Mafia family, discovering at age 12 that her father was a gangster, and the inevitable trials and prison visits. She also discusses her own criminal activities (selling drugs) and her feelings about Sammy's decision to testify against crime boss John Gotti. Gravano narrates here, and while some listeners may find her delivery amateurish, it brings authenticity to her story. VERDICT For fans of Gravano's reality TV series Mob Wives and true crime aficionados. ["While not a literary masterpiece, this book is a fun, quick read—perfect for the beach. A companion that will be popular with fans of the television show," read the review of the New York Times best-selling St. Martin's hc, LJ 2/15/12.—Ed.]—Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427221964
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN GRAVANO was born in Brooklyn, New York.  She is a star of the VH1 Reality TV show Mob Wives, about the day-to-day struggles family members are faced with after a loved one is sent to prison. She is also producing a movie based on her family’s story and developing a scripted television series about her wild days living in New York City. Outside of the entertainment business, Karen is putting her experience as an esthetician and her love for skin care into developing her own line of products.

LISA PULITZER is a former correspondent for The New York Times. She is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction titles, including New York Times bestseller Stolen Innocence (with Elissa Wall) and Portrait of a Monster: Joran van der Sloot, a Murder in Peru, and the Natalee Holloway Mystery (with Cole Thompson.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    i was very disappointed in this book it jumps around to much the

    i was very disappointed in this book it jumps around to much theres no real storyline for it. i went and found her fathers book and it seems like she took most of his book to make her own.. i wish i would of saved my money...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    This book was poorly written and jumped around from topic to top

    This book was poorly written and jumped around from topic to topic.
    Would not recommend purchasing.

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