My family even had a connection with some of the characters. Once she entered the darkness it would take years to escape. I even wanted to go strike out against those forces in her life that were so evil and negative. I have mixed feelings about this book. She isn't allowed to communicate with anyone and has nowhere to turn.
The narrative goes back in time, revealing the origin of an extraordinary tangle of neurosis and buried trauma. No one knows of her past, and would think it a lie if told. I simply cannot understand the bad choices the author made--over and over and over again! After spending a horrific night in jail she is released. Georgia shares some insights into the psyche of a domestic abuse victim; when writing about overcoming victim mentality and finding her inner-strength she is at her most introspective. That only opens up a brief look at the complex world of emotional and spiritual experiences she has endured and survived through. Outliving most of her Mob family, she lives to tell their story, and go on about her life.
All-American beauty Georgia Durante was one of the most photographed models in the country when she married mobster Joe Lamendola. The sights and sounds that filled her days and nights were enough to send most people over the edge. Nonetheless, I found myself entranced by Durante's descriptions, and the endless twsits and turns. Georgia Durante is honestly an inspiration and after reading the book you realise the important values of life and how they can truly get you through even the toughest of times. It was very interesting to read in more detail about the Italian mafia when I've only heard brief stories through family members over the years.
She was and still is a woman of magnificent courage and wit. Also, for all her flaws and horrible decisions she didn't seem to have learned any lessons or even be able to admit her flaws. Knowing her personally in her life after what the book covers makes it a special book for me. The spine may show signs of wear. With every roadblock I crashed through, I became better acquainted with my strength.
For readers who love the Mafia type genre this is a wonderful book. Alot too pricey for my curiosity about Rochester's Vincent 'Jimmy the Hammer' Massaro. Georgia is now involved in leading an abused-women organization and using her adventurous spirit to help people in crisis. She grew up in East Rochester. She shuts down emotionally and concentrates on becoming successful in business.
Surely, it was for a purpose. There were no safe houses. She now has people clinging to her for her strength and her infectious energy. Georgia's life and story is quite fascinating and intriguing and deserves a book. While at the funeral she sat in silence, observing the chilling exchange of eye contact and she discovers who murdered Jimmy Massaro.
Georgia has taken up the cause of battered and abused women and uses her money, fame and connections for the betterment of others. She is still creating her life-story — but one cannot help but come away from reading this book believing very strongly, that she will continue her spiritual quest for inner peace for herself and others. First off, she is a stunningly beautiful young woman who begins modeling in her hometown. During the process of reading the book, you really feel like you're getting to know the author. This book literally took over my heart and my life when I was reading it. Georgia wrote a first person account of a life that would make a good movie or series.
Reading this book is like listening to your kind of wild friend who has a crazy life talk for a long time. While they live in hiding, anyone who knows anything in Upstate New York is being murdered. He hangs her from a two story building by her ankles until she promised to obey him. She became known nationally as The Kodak Girl. As a former mafia wife and friend to many of the East coast's biggest mobsters, she was in a privileged position to see and hear thing American Authors Association Review - She kept dangerous company - and what a great personal story it is! He later became the man that wanted to take her life. When she rebels against his lifestyle, Joe virtually turns her into a prisoner, restricting her movement, time with her family and totally cut her off from her friends.
To see a therapist was to admit that something was wrong with you. Georgia is a busy lady these days, she owns several businesses in addition to raising her granddaughter, Angela. Well, the time has come. Now a successful stunt driver, Durante can dominate a two-ton vehicle at high speeds, but off road, she has careened from one emotional head-on collision to another. It was hard for me to respect a woman who repeatedly made such poor mistakes. Still it was an entertaining read. Her career took her to New York City where the world of modeling and the world of The Mob both opened their doors for her.