Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy 'the Bull' Gravano and Me

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It wasn't until I was twelve years old that I knew for certain that my father was a gangster. Even then, I knew not to ask any questions. Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy 'the Bull' Gravano, one of the Mafia's most feared hitmen. With nineteen confessed murders, the former Gambino Family underboss was John Gotti's right-hand man, and the highest-ranking gangster ever to testify against members of his high-profile crime family. To Karen, though, Sammy Gravano was a sometimes elusive but always loving father figure - he was ever-present at the head of the dinner table and made a living running a construction firm and several nightclubs. But 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. She was nineteen when her father turned his back on the Mafia and cooperated with the Feds, which left her family broken and living in fear of retaliation - this is the compelling true account of her life as a Mob daughter. AUTHOR: Karen Gravano was born in Brooklyn, New York, and currently resides in Phoenix with her daughter. She is one of the stars of the reality TV show Mob Wives, about her life in the Mafia. Photographic plate section

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User Review  - Linyarai - LibraryThing

I read this for the "A Book About Organized Crime/The Mob" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I never watched Mob Wives or knew anything about the Gravano family. This book was simply laid out and interesting enough that I could follow it with no background info. Read full review

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Terrible book. Content just glossed over the important facts and left out many issues. Just another scam for Karen to get easy money using her fathers name. She has nothing to offer that hasnt already ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

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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