Article by Suzanne Philips
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If you hear the name Karen Gravano, you are probably in one of two camps. Younger people who know her from the drama she gets into on VH1’s Hit Show “Mob Wives, or those of us who are old enough to remember her father Sammy” The Bull” Gravano, who was arguably the biggest mobster ever to testify for the government against the Mafia. Now you can add author to those choices. Gravano has recently released her first book “Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and Me!” released by St. Martin’s Press.
In the book she details her life growing up in the Mafia and how her father’s decision to turn Government witness set her life on a path she could never have dreamed of.
The book is written in almost a journalistic style. It’s almost like getting to read Karen’s personal diary in which she writes about coming to the realization that her father was a gangster and her own struggles with the law. It’s very honest and it never feels like Gravano is trying to paint herself in the best possible light. She is simply retelling the stories honestly.
As Gravano is always put together and in control on her tv show, it is nice to be able to read in her own words about times in her life that she has not been so in control. This book will appeal to fans of the show, fans of Mafia history and those who are just curious about this woman’s fascinating life.
You can pick up “Mob Daughter” at your local bookseller or at Amazon.