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The Godfather's Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
As a nice, first-generation Italian girl, whose father had many friends in the Mafia, this book resonated with me on many levels. Although my father was never a made man, the situations described in Rita's life were often reminiscent of my own childhood.
Rita is part of a strict Italian family, with a rigid hierarchy and constellation of secrets and subterfuge, all designed to protect her father, and not allow his family's pain to rise to the surface. As a child and young woman, Rita was one of few people in her family not to know her of her father's secret lives and crimes. Based on my own experience to be surrounded by a conspiracy of silence is normal in old Italian families. However, the drama is heightened by her father's ploy to assume the persona of a severely disturbed, dysfunctional person to avoid the charges against him by the FBI who monitored his life very closely.
From an early age, Rita is "mothered" by her older sister, Yolanda, as Rita's own mother withdraws behind a screen of pain. Rita could never understand her mother's actions until years later when that she learns that her father had another family with whom he lavished and attention.
With Rita and his first family, he is cold and distant and spends small amounts of time with them in weekly meetings. He is the ultimate Godfather, holding court, and dispersing favors and life sentences in the same calculated manner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad. I was more interested in the Chin (her father). It gave some good insight on his personal life.Published 1 day ago by Tim
A Thoughtful and brutally honest story of discovering the true self. I was amazed at the crazy childhood the author had to endure. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Linda
Great story? It is Quick read. I could hardly put this book down. It's very interesting reading about the children of the Mafia.Published 14 months ago by Lisa
Probably the best biography I have ever read. This is not just a family history -it is just as much about dealing and conquering family trauma - which most families are dealing... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mrs. Sylvia E Sullo
It's hard to believe that someone other than Ms. Gigante would put their name to this work. If I was her co-author, I would have preferred to be a ghost writer so that my name... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Natalie
Rita was quite candid while trying to honor and respect her family. I found her story very interesting, especially from the view of being the child, rather than a fellow Mafia... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mary
Great story, one a lot of people can relate to. Very interesting how a father and daughter can reunite their relationship.Published on February 5, 2014 by Evon Martin