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This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti

This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti

Written by Victoria Gotti

Narrated by Victoria Gotti


This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti

Written by Victoria Gotti

Narrated by Victoria Gotti

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4.5/5 (8 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Sep 29, 2009
ISBN:
9780743598453
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Description

Here at last is the explosive memoir that captures the Gottis as they are- unvarnished, raw, and real. And who better to tell this no-holds-barred story than their most famous daughter? Victoria Gotti never intended to reveal the inside story of the Gotti household-the day-to-day life of a family that makes the fictional Sopranos look positively functional-but with the pressing need to finally set the record straight came the realization that only she can do so, once and for all. Daughter to the late John Gotti, sister to John A. "Junior" Gotti and three other siblings, single mother to three sons with whom she shared reality television stardom on Growing Up Gotti, an outspoken columnist and bestselling author, Victoria Gotti delivers a candid, colorful, and brutally honest family portrait that reads like a confidential file, filled with deeply personal reflections and many never-before-published photographs.
Released:
Sep 29, 2009
ISBN:
9780743598453
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

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  • (5/5)


    I love mob stories. This was well written. I was always in awe of John Gotti. To hear how he was as a father was impressive. The life they lived is meant for movies and books. Victoria allows such a private view into her world, I actually felt the pain she did over the loss of her dad. Great book!
  • (5/5)
    Found this book at a thrift store. Each chapter is entitled with a song title, and Ms. Gotti doesn't hold back any punches in this intriguing, interesting book about growing up with her Mob father. She brings you into the family in a way you didn't expect to be. Almost makes me wish I was a Gotti!
  • (4/5)
    Victoria Gotti's story of her family growing up, and later marriage and family of her own, had me enthralled from the opening chapters of the book. Not only could I not put it down until I had read every last page, but I also found myself understanding elements of her upbringing that I thought I would never be able to wrap my head around. John Gotti is not painted to be some Mike Brady who walked in the door every night, ready to teach and moralize to his children. He definitely was a strong father figure in their lives, but one that was tough, wouldn't take excuses, and was judge and jury in many cases that no one was privy to. I got the sense that he protected his family and their way of life, but was the definite head over them all. Victoria's own life story was gut-wrenching and had me cheering her on. Through all of her problems, health and otherwise, her one desire was to be a mother. She got her wish, but watched as her father was sent off to prison and later died of throat cancer, her younger brother "Junior" was sent to prison, and her own husband was shockingly sent to prison for his own criminal activity, but not before her marriage became volatile and she had proceeded to divorce the man her father had warned her about.I really loved reading Victoria's story. There is something so strangely wrong, yet empathetic about the mafia, with their family ideals and fight against the stereotypes of Italian-Americans leveled at them for generations. As wrong as organized crime is, with its selfish control of monies earned in dishonest endeavors, and judge and jury for behaviors deemed unacceptable, there is also something fiercely protective about the mafia that tries to protect its own at whatever cost. I think that Victoria is an amazing woman, with a definite strength to carry herself out of her family's infamous past, to raise three sons on her own, and to continue to struggle to provide for the shambles of a life her ex-husband left her in. I can't say that we know to what extent Victoria really knew about her family's criminal activity, but it is obvious that she was a part of the culture enough to know that her father would protect her, and that her family was her most important asset.Told like all autobiographies, this life story is one I think was well-written and that gives a personal inside look at an infamous family. Personally, and irregardless of my own fascination with the mafia, I would recommend this autobiography as one that will tell a story of a culture and family that won't soon be forgotten.