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The Godmother : murder, vengeance, and the bloody struggle of Mafia women  Cover Image Book Book

The Godmother : murder, vengeance, and the bloody struggle of Mafia women / Barbie Latza Nadeau.

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  • ISBN: 9780143136118
  • ISBN: 0143136119
  • Physical Description: 242 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Pupetta's kitchen -- Crime school /Naples' notorious prison -- The strong and the sweet -- Sex and honor -- Til death do us part -- Toxic parents -- Drugs, guns, and vats of acid -- The sin of confession -- Dying to escape -- A few good women.
Summary, etc.:
"The untold stories of the women who have risen to prominence and notoriety in the male-led culture of the Italian Mafia. For as long as it has gripped our imaginations, the Mafia has been tied to an ingrained image of masculinity. We read about "made men," "wiseguys," and "goodfellas" leading criminal organizations whose culture prizes machismo, with women as ancillary and often-powerless characters: trivialized mistresses and long-suffering mob wives. The reality is far more complex. In The Godmother, investigative journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau tells the stories of the women who have risen to prominence, and fallen out of favor, in the Italian mob, beginning with the most infamous of these women: Pupetta Maresca. A Mafia woman born and raised, Pupetta avenged her husband's murder, firing 29 shots at the man who killed him. Woven throughout Pupetta's story is Nadeau's diligent research, and her personal interviews with the Mafia women themselves. Nadeau takes readers inside the Mafia families to paint acomplete and complex portrait of the real culture that has shaped the Mafia, and the women who are part of it. Leaving behind the stereotypes we know from Mafia movies, The Godmothers shows the Mafia in an entirely new light: full-fledged, ruthless, twenty-first-century criminal enterprises led by whoever is strong enough and smart enough to take control"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Maresca, Pupetta, 1935-2021.
Women and the mafia > Italy > Biography.
Mob families > Biography.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 364.106 NADEAU 2022 (Text) 0001012485561 Nonfiction New Checked out 10/15/2022

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