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

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      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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401938809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401938802
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This is not by any means a typical life in the mob book and the author's last name is not Giancana or Gotti, though it does begin with a 'G'. Rita (Ri) Gigante tells her story about her life as the daughter of a mob boss which never seemed normal to her from the time she was a young child. Her father didn't live with his family. He lived with his mother in an dark apartment seemingly permanently attired in pajamas. As her story unfolds, this family darkness extends to her life as she is faced by lies, betrayals, and deceit and is enveloped by a pervasive depression that becomes her way of life. As time moves on, Ri is faced with the decision to continue is the darkness and fog or embrace personal healing, the spiritual aspect of life, and ultimately the light.
While some readers might greet spiritualism with skepticism and disdain, I have a tendency to like the positivism of spiritualism and in this case I really enjoyed Ri's account of her spiritual journey. I found it inspirational and calming that Ri has managed to get past a really difficult upbringing and family life to get to the point of self-awareness and wholeness that many of us aspire to.
While this book projects a very positive message and is thoughtful as well as thought provoking, it is also interesting to hear Ri's acount of the family dynamic and its members who populated her world.
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Not bad book for what it was. I guess I was expecting an expose of Chins' life. But to be fair to Rita, her book really is about her finding her own life,and not a bio on 'Chin' Gigantes, which being a mob book collector was what I was hoping for. I mean, after all, how would Rita know these things. I got a little woozy toward the end of the book when it gets pretty heavy with all the paranormal and spiritual events going on. You either believe in this stuff or you don't. Nothing ever happened to me personally like this so I can't judge. I do hope Rita is doing great in whatever she's doing presently. I kind of understand a little of what is was like to be mob princess because I was in a relationship with a woman years ago (daughter of a mob boss) and although it looked like she had everything, she was really a lost soul who eventually took her own life. Peace,Rita
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