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The Godfather's Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption Hardcover – September 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401938809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401938802
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

      Rita Gigante has dedicated her adult life to healing people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. She has a degree in exercise physiology and is a licensed massage therapist and Reiki master. In 2010 she formed the Collective Healing Network, a group of healers that conducts monthly sessions in New York and New Jersey. Rita also has a private practice outside of New York City, where uses healing methods including energy therapy, intuitive healing, spiritual counseling, sound therapy, and angel readings.

 

Natasha Stoynoff is a New York Times best-selling author with six books to her credit. Most recently, she was a correspondent for People magazine for nearly two decades. Before that, she worked as a news reporter/photographer for The Toronto Star, columnist for The Toronto Sun, and freelancer for Time magazine. She lives in New York City, where she writes books and screenplays.


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I really found this book well written and easy to read.
Betty Carlson
I have to commend Rita Gigante on writing her story in such an honest, raw and emotional way.
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Rita's story is an amazing journey of self healing and unconditional love.
Lisa Roach

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Mullally VINE VOICE on October 25, 2012
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If you enjoy Hay House's usual books, you will not be surprised at any of the material in this autobiography as the author Rita Gigante portrays the violent and shocking world she grew up in and her father's various betrayals. She tells the story from her own point of view, only extrapolating the actions and motives of others as they become revealed to her. Her decisions to let go of the past and try to forgive free her to become the more integrated person she is today who works for the benefit of others. This book does not pretend to be a history of the mob, but one woman's story of her life within it and how she, and her father in the end, both escaped. Even if you doubt what she feels is her resolution with her father, it is hard to doubt the sincerity of what she portrays in terms of her suffering and how she tries to make sense of it all with the benefit of hindsight. It is a raw book at times and she does not sugar-coat her own actions or those of her parents in forming the person she finally becomes. This is a brave book I would recommend for anyone interested in spiritual healing, tales of difficult childhoods and personal empowerment, especially for women.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ceverausa on September 6, 2012
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What an AMAZING read! Once I started I couldn't put it down. This book is by NO means a typical mob tell all book. I was fascinated by Rita's extraordinary life journey. Her tale is one of strength and bravery. This true story made me cry, smile and laugh out loud all in one chapter! I rooted for her soul to find peace and cheered when she found her way out of the shadows and in to the light. The ending left me truly enlightened. The Godfather's daughter made me believe that the impossible may actually be possible! This was undoubtedly one of the most inspirational books I've read in quite a long time. Can't wait to see this book come to life on the big screen. A MUST READ!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Angels On My Side on October 31, 2012
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From the first page this book grabs you and takes you into the life of Rita and her father. Her humor is amazing and how she lives her life is sometime's very sad but also very enlightening. You can see how hard it was for her growing up in an Italian family, not because of who her father was, but because of her Italian heritage. People don't understand the difference. Her journey into healing was perfect for her and where it leads her is the icing on the cake...everybody should read this book, we all will find a piece of ourselves here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jm2012 on November 19, 2012
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I was given this book by my mother to read and I found it very touching and also, I laughed out loud in many places. Rita is a very lovable "character" and I was rooting for her for the entire book. I'm a big fan of the Godfather movies and that is initially why I wanted to read it. But this book, as other reviewers here have said, is not a mafia book...it's more like a strong woman's story or a tale of the scrappy underdog who comes up fighting for themselves, like Norma Rae or Rocky.
Rita's life and what she's been through is very unique and the majority of people, obviously, are not kids of mafia leaders. But still, I could still relate to and apply her story and struggles to the specifics in my own life and I think most people would be able to do this as well.
I love how she never gave up to try and be herself, even though all the odds--her family, her religion, her father's world, society--were against her. And those are big things to fight.
I also love how she questions the format and understandings of organized religion and suggests a more "inclusive" God who doesn't send people to hell for how He/She made them and wants us all to feel and find and experience love. Many narrow-minded people might learn this from Rita's book if they could just open their eyes.
When I finished the book, I came away from it feeling like anything is possible.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jan on October 18, 2012
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Having read " The Godfathers Daughter" a few weeks ago I have had time to digest and think about it. This book was everything I hoped it would be, I didn't want to read another "mob" story, as far as I'm concerned that story has been done and overdone. This is a story of the family behind" the man" It tells Rita's story. From a young child growing up, to an adult coming to terms with, not only who her father was, but even more importantly who she herself was. This book is fresh and new and different and I loved it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leah Carey on October 17, 2012
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Rita Gigante spent the first 16 years of her life in the dark about who and what her father was. But she knew enough to know that something was wrong. Panic attacks and obsessive compulsive traits haunted her days. When she finally learned the secret that her family had been keeping from her - that her father, Vincent Gigante, was the head of the five crime families in New York in the 80s - it was the start of a whole new chapter for her.

Gigante's book is like three stories wrapped into one narrative. First, it's the story of a young girl growing up in a deeply dysfunctional mob family. Second, it's the story of a young woman struggling with her homosexuality in the face of a devoutly Catholic family. Third, it's the story of a woman embracing her intuitive gifts to become a healer.

As the main focus of the book, the first thread is both the most compelling and the most successful. The second and third issues are an integral part of the story, but they get a little less air time and are thus somewhat less satisfying - I was left with the feeling that there were some important things that were being glossed over. However, given that the material is highly personal, potentially inflammatory, and (given the names involved) very public, it's not something I can find any fault with.

As a tale of pain, recovery and redemption, I highly recommend this book.

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FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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