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Redesigning the Mob: The Nina Cocolucci Story: based on a true story of survival as a mafia wife [Kindle Edition]

Jodi Ceraldi
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Many books have been written about topics dealing with organized crime, the mafia, mobsters (or mafiosa) and their families. True crime books proliferate, especially those about famous mobsters such as John Gotti, Lucky Luciano and other top-level gangsters as well as mob wives, mafia daughters and mafia families. Yet, there isn't much written about the lower level mafia hierarchy. That's where this book comes in. It brings a whole new perspective into the lives of ordinary mafia personalities, their mafia families and what they all faced.

After years of tolerating physical and verbal abuse, Nina discovers all too late that her low-level mobster husband, Vito DiGregetti, has plans to initiate their oldest son into the Mafia. In an effort to stop him, she gets a divorce before realizing how much power Vito wields. She was soon to find out.

When Vito ruins any chance Nina has of getting a legitimate job and begins threatening her life, she turns to the mob boss for protection and finds herself sucked into a Mafia-backed career.

Nina must now balance her need to put food on the table, with her desire to hide the true nature of her employment from her family. She attempts to grow a legitimate and profitable business from the mobster based job she was first given. In the end, Nina finds out who she is and what is really important in life—and, inadvertently, she redesigns the way the Mafia does business and, in so doing, redesigns her life into a glorious adventure.

About the Author

Jodi Ceraldi capturers the essence of Mafia life, not just from the mob perspective, but from the reality of the everyday life that American Mafia families, -- mob wives and mob children endure. During the 1970's, Jodi lived in Hollywood, Florida. She attended Nova University and the University of Florida. She now lives in the Appalachian foot hills, in northern Georgia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1438903928
  • Publisher: Holly Springs Publishing Company; 2 edition (October 31, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034G664G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Insider's Look at the Life of a Mob Wife June 13, 2012
Had I NOT known this book was based on the author's "insider information," I would have still enjoyed it. And though the protagonist, Nina, is a fictional character the mob characters are fictional, and the story is's easy to see that the author used her insider knowledge to create believable characters and scenarios (that take place in the fast-paced Miami world.)

Mob/crime stories usually focus on MEN, and when they do focus on women, it seems they focus on women as victims. What makes this story especially compelling is that Nina is NOT a victim. She fights back and takes control of her own life. But there are consequences. The book will entertain men and women readers alike and leave you hoping for another installment--wanting to know what happens to Nina's sons. Will they carry on thier mob father's footsteps or make their way in the legit world?

Not only do I highly reccomend the book, but Jodi is a great speaker. As the Literary Chair at the Harris Arts Center (HAC) in Calhoun, GA, I can say with conviction that Jodi was one of the most interesting author's that we've had speak during my 6-year association with HAC. Readers had lots of questions and Jodi gave fascinating answers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Redesigning the Mob August 21, 2012
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I found it hard to believe she didn't know about her son being in the Mob. She grew up knowing what it involved and there was no getting out. Her working for them under her own name didn't make it better. She was ripping off the people she was helping. Guess her not killing anyone was a plus for her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Apple didn't fall far from the tree. July 3, 2012
By Pickles
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I liked that the author reminded us that the good-fellas had families. For such a strong character (Nina), how she ended up being so naive was a bit strange.

The underworld rackets were in your face believable but if this was based on a true story, Nina would of been Nobody gets out alive!

I could not put this book down and ended up a bit disappointed when the book started having YEARS passing by too quickly toward the end. It was a page turned and you will know where Nina's sons were heading .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read July 2, 2012
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I found it shocking that this book was made. The skeptic part of me wonders to what degree the information is factual, but even if it were completely fiction I would say this story is well written and truly a fascinating read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It sucked me in, I couldn't put it down July 31, 2014
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At first I was thinking "come on the dialogue between Nina and Vito was just too much! Meh" I almost put it down, not my normal kind of book anyway. Then it's like I flipped the page and got sucked in walking around bumping into stuff talking to my phone/Kindle.
By the end of the book I was talking to her like "No No honey Oh don't you see what's happening right in front of you! The boy, he's acting just like....., Girl are you blind." I agree no one is that Naive
But it's a great story about what a women will do for her children and how she bounced back from a horrible marriage. Great read. Mrs. Ceraldi next one is called Nicky 2 Shoes or something like that, gonna have to check that out too. But....
Just when I said No More Series Books....
Can we have a Sequel Please?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 9, 2014
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Great book, really enjoyed reading it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Redesigning the Mob May 15, 2014
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Did not find this read to be particulary enticing. Took me a long time to read for lack of any real substance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You are not stuck in a life situation November 15, 2013
By Jessica
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This was interesting because it showed that you are never completely stuck in a life situation. I liked the book. It was interesting to see how she got even and overcame the mob and lived a life as outside of the mob as she could get.
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