- Deirdre Marie Capone
lived in the house of the infamous Al Capone
, her uncle. He taught her to swim, ride a bike, and play the mandolin. In her tell-all memoir, "Uncle Al Capone: The Untold Story From Inside His Family" (Recap Publishing LLC), Deirdre, the last member of the family born with the name Capone, shares what it was really like growing up a Capone - definitely not the way most people would have imagined it to be. It is the only book ever written about America's most notorious mobster by someone who knew him well.
Already a best-seller on Amazon
, Deirdre's fascinating memoir tells what really happened in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, what the 'outfit' was really all about, and what the 'family' were really like, especially the one person she confided in more than anyone - her Aunt Maffie (short for Mafalda - the Italian princess she was named after); a strong woman with whom she shared a close bond as one of the only two girls in the Capone family.
'Uncle Al Capone' is packed with absorbing stories about Al and his family, along with never-before-published photos and authentic Capone family recipes for the food that Al and his family enjoyed. Simply stated, there is no one else left who could ever share this piece of history with the world.
Deirdre relates what life was like growing up the grand niece of Public Enemy #1, Al Capone. Her own life had been saddened by the fact that her father, who had tried to live a more legitimate lifestyle than the rest of the family, couldn't shake the shame of the Capone name and ended up taking his own life when Deirdre was just 10-years-old. For most of her life she too had made every effort to hide the fact that she was a Capone and in 1972, in her early 30s, she left Chicago
and her family history behind to reinvent herself in Minnesota, making sure that no one other than her husband knew her ancestry. She succeeded.
That is, until her past caught up with her on the day her nine-year-old son came home from school and announced they were studying Al Capone in a class project. She and her husband agreed it was time to tell the kids but she was afraid for them - she had not wanted them growing up shunned by others or not having other kids to play with once they knew her name. She need not have worried - her kids thought it was totally 'cool.' So, at age 34, she finally accepted herself as Deirdre Marie Capone and today her 14 grandchildren are proud to tell the story of their ancestry.
'Uncle Al Capone' grabs the reader's attention right from the start with its true life dialogue of the Capone family - from their ancestral roots in Angri, Italy to Brooklyn, New York, and later to Chicago. Deirdre offers a true portrait of an American family and gives a decidedly different look at her favorite uncle, endlessly depicted as the iconic mastermind behind some of the century's most brutal killings.
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