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

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  30 reviews
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 mafi ...more
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Published May 1st 2004 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2004)
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Relatively interesting story, godawful writing. You can tell that she's in therapy because every few pages she inserts commentary about her story, attempting to explain or justify why she didn't realize that her actions would have consequences or that "normal people" didn't engage in such activities.

I'm interested enough to have picked up the book - you don't have to convince me of anything, just tell your damn story without needless interruptions. The caliber of the writing flopped around a lo
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title is slightly misleading, as none of the author's family or husbands were actually IN the mob. They were more... mob-adjacent. Still, they were quite plainly a bunch of thieves, murderers, drug addicts and dealers, and all around great guys. What's the difference between a corporate executive and these mob-adjacent guys? A hyphen! HAH!

The other half of the title (Independent Woman) is also misleading because she's not - when the book ends, she is waiting for the trial(s) that she sang f
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as the book started with "I'm not writing this book because I'm proud of what I have done, and although I didn't see it then I know now that I had other ways to get out of poverty..." I had to stop.

Why is it that publishing companies allow uneducated, boring mental cases and as in this case murderers profit form "telling their story"; as if they had not done enough bad we allow them to glamorize crime. Oh what! Because they publish what sells and will make them money!

Yes, guilty. I did
Mar 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting read about the mob. didn't really like the ending.
did like the comment she quote she wrote about living in a cul-de-sac, you can look at it as a dead end or as a great place to turn around!
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-1000
This was an okay memoir of a woman connected to the mob. She told a lot about her early life with a dysfunctional family and how it set her on the path to dating connected men. She says a lot of "there was no excuse for my actions, but this is how I saw it at the time." Unfortunately, that read a lot like excuses for her actions. She did not seem to hold back details from events, but then stopped the book abruptly leading up to her trial. Lots of little things lacking here and there, but I still ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Interesting. Nothing great about it. Just okay. It may be one of those books that if I look back in a few years, I won't even remember what it was about beyond the description I can read on the cover.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story.
Alan Newton
(Audible) Quite an interesting idea as we rarely get to hear from the wives of mobsters and how they get sucked into the dark and murky world of drugs, murder, racketeering etc
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read, I couldn’t put it down.
Jenny Houle
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the reviews on here and almost decided to not read the book at all. I'm happy, though, that I took a chance with it.

While many are correct, about Giovino not being the strongest writer in the world, she explains early on in the book how limited her legitimate education was.

To those who asked when it became so trendy for every whiny person to get a chance to tell their story, the answer is that memoir writing is different then biography or autobiography writing. It is a narrative of a pers
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I think Giovino's insights into her life of crime are interesting. Some reviews suggested she fails to take responsibility for her actions and uses the book as a ploy for sympathy, but I didn't read it that way at all. In fact, I think she works very hard to not feel sorry for herself--and to ensure that the reader doesn't either. She does, however, also attempt to explain where she was coming from in those years--how she got to be who she was, and I think that's the part that ...more
When I first saw this author's name, I immediately recognized it. I saw Andrea's episode of "I Married A Mobster" on Netflix. Her name sticks out because she was the one that successfully extorted money from the government over the situation with Witness Protection...that's difficult to forget.

If you've seen the TV show listed above, reading the book isn't necessary. Andrea's story is interesting, but it's not well written here and doesn't flow properly. The book obviously has a lot more details
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Andrea Giovino's life is interesting. She is raised by parents who place more emphasis on gambling than on putting any food in their ten children's mouths. That where Andrea comes in. Her mother, Dolly, makes her at six years old, steal food left at restaurant doors for delivery.

Her life is tough from the start. Her defense in life becomes an attitude that doesn't put up with anything.

And yet, man after man manages to humiliate her and treat her poorly. She can't figure out why, but she puts up
The thick NY accents in the audiobook held a lot of fascination for me, and the story, it's okay. She and her family are mob-adjacent and although she did date a few made guys, she didn't spend much time talking about them. Mostly a memoir of codependence, and like other addiction memoirs, it started to drag. It also started as a therapy journal, but you can only tell every once in a while! Damned with faint praise, I suppose, but I found it pretty listenable. Surely it can't have al ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting account of the life of a morally-corrupt woman. Her story is actually pretty sad in the fact that she continually justifies her actions and proclaims how great she is as a mother, despite the drugs, crime and violence she was a part of. It is obvious that her early childhood lead her down this path, we can only hope that the cycle does end with her and does not continue with her 4 children fathered by various losers. The audiobook was an entertaining portrayal not unlike listening to ...more
As a book on tape, this was quite engaging - the narrator did an excellent job with the NY accents. Charts the author's life from childhood in a large dysfunctional Italian family in Brooklyn, through her life with several boyfriends and husbands, many of whom were mob-connected. I enjoyed this book for its ability to take me, in a very personal way, into a world that I would otherwise know very little about.
Lisa Welch
Fascinating look at a life that is so very different from the one I live. This book is similar to Random Family in that it gives you a view of how people are born into a certain life and continue to live it not realizing that they have options. It's scary to think about how many people out there live a life utterly devoid of moral questioning.
Awe struck & fascinated by the life of this mob wife and those surrounding her. I found myself asking how things like this happen and continue to happen all around us. Fast paced and well written for a biography, but once again I couldn't finish it because of the harsh language. ...more
Marilyn Belleghem
The thrill of an emotional roller coaster keeps many addicted to danger. Andrea's story is sad, understandable and very brave. It is also indicative of the difference between the perceived glamour of the mob and a more realistic view of the behind the scenes reality.
Candace Petersen Martineau
So interesting to look into someone's vastly different life and upbringing.
Tom Schulte
Nice twist on the true crime book: going straight
Jana Bouc
Jul 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: _audiobook
Interesting summer read (listen, actually), the expected mafioso stuff, but from a woman's point of view.
I would have liked to read more about the 10 years between the last chapter and the epilogue. I guess that means a book 2.....????
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite entertaining.
I could not believe all the mess Andrea got herself into.
It read more like a Spanish Soap Opera then a memoir
at times.
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story of how this woman pulled her self up by her boot straps and was a fighter and a survivor! It was also a pretty cool look into the mob scene from a females perspective!
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love mafia stories so reading about it from the perspective of a former mafia wife was facinating.
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, mafia
Not too bad. I listened to the audio book, and it was a great story. Casual in its telling, but great none the less.
May 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting
Evelyn Geilmann
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