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 19 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 19 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.
©2012 Karen Gravano with Lisa Pulitzer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
It was interesting learn what it was like growing up in "the lifestyle"
Although I enjoyed the book, it was difficult at times to listen to Karen Gravano's monotone reading. I would consider reading another book by her
Enjoying the story, but it should have been read by a professional. The reading reminded of a schoolchild, choppy and poorly narrated.
Seriously anyone but her
Its like Karen is just telling it the way it is.. Pulling no punches... THE RAMPERS the boys..I always wished they would let me in... Due to a little coke think it was no go......Karen Good Luck..
Very interesting and also gives you a great perspective of what its like from being raised in that lifestyle. You have to admire her for being successful after all that happened to her.
Haven't read anything else like it.
A little robotic
Mob Daughter survivors
Great book and heartfelt just needs work on her narration.
I love that Karen Gravano herself was the narrater.
I enjoyed that she was able to incorporate some of the people from mob wives. Her life story is very interesting. Can't believe she went through all that with her dad.
She was somewhat monotone. She needed to have some more animation in her tone.
EXCELLENT!! DIDN'T WANT TO PUT IT DOWN!!!
When her dad decided to flip. They were all so brave.
She brings feeling to it'
Some parts were funny & some were sad.
From watching the show and reading the book Karen has heart under her anger. I think you should make up with Drita. Ramona too.Life is too short to be fighting so much.
Yes, you get to hear her story told in her words.
Hearing her father tell her family he was rolling over and was worried about them. Sammy is a wonderful loving father, you can tell that just by how Karen wrote her book.
I love Karen! everything she does is wonderful to me.
YES! I played it while driving in my hour and a half commute and I didnt want to get out of the car! LOL so I put on ear plugs and came in the house grabbed a cup of coffee and listened away!
This is a wonderful story of a daughter and her family, their trials and tribulations. It shows a warm caring family who in the end only have each other! Thats what true family is.
Not sure i haven't read the book. I would have thought it would have been the same.
The love the family had for each other, it helped them through there lives.
I loved the story, I am a huge fan of Mob Wives so when I found out about this book I was very interested. Karen reads this book herself and sometimes you have to really listen to keep up becuase she isn't professionally trained to read. But I like the fact that she did actually read it becuase the emotion she was able to put into it.
Her first visit to her dad.
I liked being able to hear her emotion, but she isn't professionally trained so it was hard to follow at times.
If you love the hit show Mob Wives, this book is great and gives insight to events that has shaped Karen into who she is today! What a great book, I thouroughly enjoyed it, and it was a bonus that Karen herself actually narrated it which added even more comprehension into the book.
You can hear the feelings in her voice which is a big plus
It made me appreciate her as a person and a strong willed woman.
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