Book: The Mobster's Daughter by Julie Ann Mallycategories: Book, True Story, Syndicate, Crime, Autobiography, Italian, Prohibition Era, 1940's, 1950's, New York, Gangsters, Racketeering, Mobsters
Julie Ann Mallyabout this book: I come from a very unique family. My grandfather and great uncles were all mobsters during the 1920's Prohibition Era. They were best friends with all of the famous crime families of that time. My mother, Judy Giannotti, grew up in a crime boss family. She grew up with a great deal of money at times, but as her father continually got into trouble with the law, there were also times of great poverty. My mother and I co-wrote her autobiography in the years before she passed away. She wanted her story told of what really happens to the families of these crime bosses and how much it affects the family. We also wrote a companion cookbook, so you can share in the best dishes and desserts that we always served, and both my grandmother and my mother often made these dishes for all of my grandfather's crime boss friends.
The first half of The Mobster's Daughter deals with how my mother grew up, and I remember her telling me many of the situations mentioned in the book. I grew up after all of that. I remember certain interesting things. My grandparents used to go on old time Safaris to Africa, just like you see in the old black and white movies of the 1940's. And when I used to go visit their house, they had real hand carved masks on the walls that they had brought back from Africa. My grandparents were world travelers back then.
They had the basement of their house designed like a French cafe with little round tables and this really unique looking wall behind it that had red and white stripes to give it more of a real cafe feel. And there was a bar, fully stocked with every liquor imaginable. My grandfather and all his mob boss friends used to play cards for hours in that little faux cafe, drinking, and smoking cigars.
This book is a glimpse into the lives of a crime boss family, and what really happens when things go very wrong.
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