Divorced from the Mob: My Journey from Organized Crime to Independent Woman

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Da Capo Press, Incorporated, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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Andrea Giovino breaks the Mafia's code of silence and describes the life of a woman born and bred into the Family, and her inspirational escape. Her defiant struggle to break free of her family's criminal legacy is by turns horrifying and heartbreaking.

As a child in Brooklyn, Giovino watched her brother become a hit man and helped her mother host card games for local mafiosos. As a sexy, street-smart woman, she earned a seat at nightclub tables next to John Gotti, and took an emotional and bloody ride through organized crime that no HBO series could match. At home, she fought to keep her children safe?keeping the guns out of reach, washing bloodstains out of her husband's clothes?and maintain the household's front as a model of American domesticity.

Murders, a DEA setup, and FBI wiretaps finally brought Giovino to the brink of prison. Defiantly, she chose to retain her identity, facing down threats against her life and courageously separating herself and her children from the world of organized crime.

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Impressed into a life of crime at a young age, Giovino recounts her story, from stealing food from a local grocer as a child (at her mother's insistence) to her arrest by the DEA and subsequent ... Read full review

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Don't waste your time reading this book. It is poorly written - especially considering the drama and material that was available in her life sotry to really engage a reader. There were few, if any, instances where I was fully engaged and could clearly envision the situation in my mind's eye. Also, the title is "Divorced from the Mob" - but that is misleading. It is really about her life with the Mob. She spend just a handful of pages referencing her life after getting out. I was disappointed by that because I anticipated learning how she made the transition, the challenges of that, etc. One last thing - what is a "made man"? She uses that term throughout the book and I don't fully understand what it means. 

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About the author (2005)

Giovino, a mother of four children, refused to enter the Witness Protection Program despite knowing there was a contract out on her life. Indicted in 1992 with her husband and brother on charges of conspiring to distribute marijuana and cocaine in Brooklyn and Staten Island, she was relocated in return for her husband and brother's cooperation with the government.

Gary Brozek is a freelance writer. He has co-authored nearly 20 books, including five New York Times bestsellers. His books include Trident K9 Warriors, Heartache and Hope in Haiti, Out of Captivity, and The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers.

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