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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
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 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: #531,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Insider's Look at the Life of a Mob Wife June 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redesigning the Mob March 27, 2009
The dialogue in this book was easy to understand but very compelling. Everyone (including myself) is VERY interested in what really goes on in a "mob" household. The characters seemed like real people, who were caught up in a very unusual and interesting lifestyle.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Redesigning the Mob: The Nina Cocolucci Story
A good Read. Held my interest right up to the last page.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice and easy March 8, 2009
Easy to read and follow - Flashbacks effectively used to develop context and history. The book fully lives up to the 'Product Description' and well worth the time to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redesigning the Mob: The Nina Cocolucci Story June 13, 2012
A compelling read. The story of Nina and Vito is all too real. The desire of Nina to overcome both physical and mental abuse and risk everything to create a better life for her family is a great story. To realize it is a true story makes it all the more powerful. I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I met the author. Her own mental toughness is a great role model for doing the right thing regardless of the cost. I highly recommend this book and recommend taking the time to meet the author if one of her book signings is near you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redesigning the Mob January 7, 2009
Excellent and easy to read. One of those books that you didn't want to put down until it was finished. Looking forward to her next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read June 13, 2012
This book was so believable and captivating that it keeps the reader enthralled throughout the whole book. I couldn't put it down and knowing the author, made it even more compelling to read. I am looking forward to the next read from Jodi. Very well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Redesigning the Mob August 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an excellent book and I would recommend it
This author was able to show a side of organized crime often not told. The main character shows an admirable strength and shows what lengths a mother will go to in order to protect... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Krysta Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by Stevie
4.0 out of 5 stars It sucked me in, I couldn't put it down
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Good story really getting into everyday elaborate lifestyle and everyday fear living within mob environment. Held my interest to the very end.
Published 2 months ago by LINDAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, really enjoyed reading it.
Published 3 months ago by Martha Comstock
2.0 out of 5 stars Redesigning the Mob
Did not find this read to be particulary enticing. Took me a long time to read for lack of any real substance.
Published 5 months ago by Deb-Ohio
5.0 out of 5 stars You are not stuck in a life situation
This was interesting because it showed that you are never completely stuck in a life situation. I liked the book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and engrossing
I'm not one for mob stories, but I did enjoy the movie Goodfellas, and the description of this book reminded me of it, so I gave it a try. Read more
Published 21 months ago by S. Losch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I got this book for free through Amazon but I would have paid for it, it was really a good read!! She does a nice job with the characters and the plot. Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by MrsNicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
I took a chance on this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The story line kept me questioning what was happening next . I'm Italian desent so this book intrigued me.
Published on August 11, 2012 by J. Hammond
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