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Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and Me!

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  1,046 ratings  ·  150 reviews
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. Withnineteen confessed murders,the former Gambino Crime Family underboss—and John Gotti’s ri
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Holly
I bought this book for two reasons. One being that I read her father's book Underboss. The second being that I watch Mob Wives every single Sunday.

I regret buying this book. Its horrible. Sentences are clipped. Thoughts are all over the place. At one point she goes from talking about her family being arrested to her nephew almost drowning. Like wait...what? The first, and really only time, she mentioned fellow cast mate Renee Graziano was when she said "She throws her fathers name around all th
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Fran
Mob Daughter

Karen Gravano


Close your eyes and visualize yourself surrounded by four walls, no windows, cameras all around you and no access to the outside world. Keep your eyes closed, as your world is just a black as what you are seeing at this moment. Imagine your family at home wondering if you were alive, what was happening to you and when they might see you again. The world of mob boss Sammy Gravano was now exactly what I have described but ten times worse. No access to his family, one 15-mi
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Andrea
I really liked this story. I know some people said that the story jumped around a lot, but I really didn't see it.

Yes, the beginning started off where she eventually ended her story, but that is not so much of a stretch that people should have had a hard time grasping the concept.

Also, I think people need to realize that this is the story told from KAREN'S POINT OF VIEW. That doesn't mean that it is gospel, and I am not 100% positive that everything she claims is truthful, but its still her poin
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Angela
The book is poorly written, jumping from one subject to the next in the same paragraph. The only reason I read it was I watch Mob Wives every week and reality is my weakness. I do have to hand it to Karen, she's brave in showing her face and story of things that she is obviously not proud of. Could I have done the same? I don't know. I do want to read her father, Sammy the Bull's book to compare. I initially gave the book two stars but didn't think that was fair because the story is real and it ...more
Jeanice
I passed by this book in the library and figured, why not read it? I honestly thought it was gonna suck, but I was pleasantly surprised. The book isn't about all the female drama that the show portrays, she talks only a little about the show. The book is about exactly what she says it is about, growing up with as a mob daughter and the impact that it had on her family. Well written, intriguing, and a hard to put down. Shout out to Karen!
Davy-Gravy
Well. It's certainly not Shakespeare, but I knew that going in. It's not the worst book ever written, and does have some interesting-ish insight on mob life, albeit on a second-grade reading level. The audiobook in particular, read by Gravano herself, is pretty awful. She stumbles over difficult words, and from the way she reads, it sounds like she hasn't finished a book herself for a looooong time.
Deenanicole
I read this book in 2 days it was amazing and I recommend everyone to read it. Karen is a great person inside and out. I myself am very family oriented so reading this book brought back some good and bad memories. I would love to meet her and tell her how wonderful she is! She deserves all the credit in the world! Great book!! Love you Karen from one aesthetician to another!!
Janet
The punctuation could of been better yet I enjoyed the book. It focused on her love for her father her point of view as a child. You can feel through the text the love she has for him. You can understand why she is glorified by the power and respect he gained through being an underboss. Loved the book I felt it was real and from the heart.
Elizabeth
I didn't know what to expect with this book. But I can say I was disappointed in it. She repeated herself a lot.
Paul Pessolano
“MobDaughter” by Karen Gravano with Lisa Pulitzer, published by Ft. Martin’s Press.

Category – True Crime

Karen Gravano was living the “life” of “lifestyle”. This is another way of saying that her family was part of the “Mafia” or the “Cosa Nostra”.

Karen’s father was Sammy the Bull Gravano. Sammy held several distinctions; he was one of the most feared hit men with at least nineteen murders to his name, and he became the highest ranking gangster to turn State’s evidence against the organization.

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Penny
I've always had an interest in the mob and have read a few books on that topic. It was refreshing to read a book about the mob from the daughter's point of view. You could tell by reading Karen's book how difficult it was growing up knowing there was something going on in your father's life but too afraid to ask questions. I also felt Karen's pain not only when her father got in trouble with the feds, but when he agreed to cooperate. She respected him and understood the rules of being in the mob ...more
Paul
Sep 28, 2012 Paul rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: True crime/Mob book fans
Recommended to Paul by: Saw at library.
Not at all as bad as I thought it might be.Not alot of talk about her dad as a cold blooded killer,just how he was as a dad and he seemed pretty nice to his children.He was a killer because that was the business he chose.She did have many advantages of being a mob daughter like her dad buying her a florist shop when she was 18 which immediately became the 'go-to" spot for mob funerals,weddings,christenings etc if you were in that life you went to her shop. I don't feel bad for anything she or an ...more
Rosey
Jul 17, 2012 Rosey added it
this was a very enlightening book into the life of what people of this life style go through. I feel like I learned a lot. I see values in the way she was raised and how she speaks in the book is very encouraging. I'm happy that she was able to let go of all the anger and try to move on positively with her life. and I'm a huge fan and will probably buy any product for skin she comes out with cause I think it will be amazing. I admire her on so many levels after reading her story and all that she ...more
Jessica Colgan
Let's be honest...she isn't Tolstoy. That being said, it is a very interesting, quick and easy read. You can definitely sense that this story is in her own words...she wasn't influenced by anyone in the "lifestyle" and wrote the truth. Although she had a ghostwriter you can't tell. I thought that she did a great job explaining her father's actions. You see a human side of Sammy Gravano and I personally ended up liking him at the end of the book. Definitely a must-read for all Mob Wives fans.
Corinna
This wasn't a bad book at all. I love the show (about one of the only reality shows that I do enjoy) and liked hearing about how it was to grow up with a mob father. The whole subject fascinates me, and this book did too. I must admit though it isn't for someone with a soft stomach or someone who doesn't realize that these people are human like we are. You have to be willing to forget what your morals are while your reading the book or you won't make it through the first few chapters.
Michiko
I chose to read this book as a fan of VH1's Mob Wives. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed with the writing, which made it extremely hard to continue to power through to the next chapter. The book gave very little detail on her "mob" life, which is already known, if you are watching the show. Honestly, if you want to know about Sammy the Bull, his bosses and hits, and the ecstasy ring in AZ, google it, because you will find more information there then in the book.
Afj683


I was skeptical about reading this book, especially after watching 2 seasons of Mob Wives. In the show I find that Karen tends to manipulate what people say just to start drama. After reading the prologue, I was sucked into the book. Karen's choices may not have been the best at times, but I give her credit for overcoming a lot of obstacles and making the best out of her situations. Overall the book was entertaining.
Marisa Gonzalez
Karen Gravano tells her side of the story growing up as the daughter of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. This book was OK but I thought her dad's book "Underboss" was a lot better and more interesting. If you want to read a really good book about growing up with a dad in the Mob then I highly recommend you read "Mafia Princess" by Antoinette Giancana. I believe the book is currently out of print but can usually be found in libraries.
Julie O'Neal
Mob Wives is my guilty pleasure. It's ridiculous and that's why I had to read this book. I definitely was not expecting a mind-blowing book and it wasn't. If you're a fan of the show, you'll probably enjoy reading this semi-biography of Karen Gravano growing up with her prominent mob father. Otherwise, the awkward writing and redundancy will probably frustrate you to the point of abandoning this book.
Jo
I selected this book because I am addicted to the realizty show Mob Wives. It gabe a background on various cast members and satisfied my basic curiosity. However, the book is poorly wirtten. Numerous times I had to go back and re-read to follow the train of thought. Mid-paragraphs switch ideas. Characters appear without introduction. Mod Daughter had co-author. I expected better.
Lucy
Jul 12, 2012 Lucy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: An enemy?
Completely underwhelming and boring. Revealed nothing, I don't even know why she was given a deal. The writing was terrible, the stories were repetitive, the book went nowhere. I found myself skipping through pages just to get to the end. Save your money, you can glean more info searching the internet or watching the show. Better yet, buy her fathers book, Underboss.
Linda
HORRIBLE PERSON! HORRIBLE BOOK! NO CLASS, NO RESPECT, MOST OF ALL NO REMORSE!! This book is trash....This book is terrible..
Julia Connor
This is not about mob wives the tv series but is about growing up with a mafia underboss for a father. Sam's dad is the fearsome infamous Mafioso Sammy The Bull Gravano who amongst other things has arranged for people to be killed and has even killed himself. This is how Sammy finds out about the dark side to hero father and how she coped when she was19 he went to prison and became a rat for the government against his old boss John Gotti . This is a real good read as Sam tells what's it's like t ...more
Amy
I give it a two only because it's sort of interesting. It is not written very well. It is not edited at all!
Here's an example... one paragraph starts "My father's parents came to America from Italy." The next paragraph says "My father's mother was Caterina but everyone called her Kay. She had been born in the United States..."
That's where I should have stopped. I give Karen credit for trying but that's about it. I feel like a lot of it is sugar coated...and honestly who could blame her. After a
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GT
My favorite sub-genre (Organized Crime - Gangsters) - Sammy 'The Bull' Gravano - the story told by the ultimate insider, his own daughter. I thought I'd love it.

There were some interesting tidbits here and there but ultimately I found it poorly written and, well, boring.

I will say that this is the 2nd book I've read that was co-authored by Lisa Pulitzer. The first was "Portrait Of A Monster" about the Natalee Holloway case. That book was much better so I'm questioning her impact on either projec
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Anna
When I first heard about this book, I wanted to know all of the juicy details about life in the mob. This book revealed the struggles and obstacles that Karen Gravano had to go through considering her father was Sammy The Bull. She could not live a normal life because everyone around her was constantly judging her. She lost many friends and some family because of her lifestyle. I must say though, this book was written very poorly with many run on sentences. She also jumped from topic to topic w ...more
Rhayna
This book was very interesting because it was about a women who was a MOB Daughter. It was hard for her to live with a family full of criminals her father, Sammy, also known as the Bull, was part of a mod. He had done very serious and awfull things. To me anyone who has this kind of life style is very disturbing. Karen gravano, a mother, who had to go through a painfull child hood still managed to be successful even through the pain. She is ated by many people because of her fathers actions. She ...more
Lori Anaple
Things to know about me:

1- I love love love reality television.
2- I completely dig Mob Wives.
3- I am fascinated with people who have had dealings with the mob.

With this in mind, how could I not read this book? It is like the perfect storm of trash, gangsters and yelling. The vocal style is straight up Karen. I could hear her voice reading the words. That is a good thing, it gave me context.

I really don't see what all of the fuss is about with Drita and Lee. Karen pretty much needed to put Lee in
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Carolyn  Holland
I have to say that I found this book to be terribly disappointing.I wasn't expecting much as I had watched the first two seasons of Mob Wives prior to reading the book. Although I really enjoy the show...I find all the drama amusing, I could tell from the very first episode that the book was being promoted via Mob Wives.

The book is supposed to be the story of Karen Gravano,daughter of an infamous mobster, and her personal decision to get away from the "mob" lifestyle. That was what her spoilers
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Emily Hipsh
It's an interesting look at the lifestyle children of the mob grow up in. I would say that it is very much an emotional one sided account and not really fact based. It's the truth as Ms Gravano believes it to be. We all want to see the best in people. She loves her father and while she knows he's responsible for many murders and other crimes, she seems to sugar coat it in her own mind. Growing up in the lifestyle, this doesn't surprise me. It's her 'normal'. To many of the rest of us, it is pret ...more
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