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Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob (edició 2021)

de Russell Shorto (Autor)

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Títol:Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob
Autors:Russell Shorto (Autor)
Informació:W. W. Norton & Company (2021), 272 pages
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Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob de Russell Shorto

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Thoroughly enjoyed this story about the author's Italian American roots, extended family, and the consequences of all of it. I have Italian American roots in Pennsylvania as well (Scranton) but my predecessors aren't nearly as colorful (or maybe they were). I picked up lots of bits about the economy and social structures of the era, as well as quite a few tips and tricks to researching my own family (which is an on-going adventure). Thanks to Russell Shorto for seeing this project to completion. ( )
  Cantsaywhy | Sep 3, 2021 |
Russel Shorto’s Smalltime, is a captivating and engaging family story of Russell Shorto’s relatives’ and friends’ deep involvement, even if involuntary at times, with the mob. The story stretches from the immigration of great-grandfather, who leaves Italy and his life and family to find a new one in Johnstown Pennsylvania, and progresses through the next generations and how they survived and strives with the help of the mob in small town America, but not without disappointments and hardships. What makes the book so engrossing is the author’s research and reliance especially on his father, who a forms writing partnership with the author to explore family memories, and interviews not only with his family and friends, but with others who knew the author’s ancestors and their associates who were helped by the family though time and if they had any association with the mob. Amazingly the author admits to missing pieces of the story. A highly recommended memoir that is rich in detail but offers humor and is written in a pace that keeps the reader involved and discovering and appreciating the strength of the family. An interesting side note while looking biographical information on the author, I found an interesting interview in BookPage (, in which Russell Shorto discusses eight true factors that led to the growth of the mob in America. ( )
  Carrieida | May 23, 2021 |
SMALLTIME by Russell Shorto
Lots of individual vignettes are interesting in this memoir. Many individuals and their stories make for a challenging read trying to keep them all straight. Shorto has written a detailed narrative genealogy of his father’s family in an attempt to discover who murdered Pippy and to discover the “real” person who was his grandfather.
I found it difficult to maintain interest in the book as Shorto leapt from person to person and time frame to time frame. A listing of the numerous characters with their relationship to Shorto would have been helpful. I did learn a great deal about small time criminals and how the numbers racket and other “mob” games worked.
I do not think my book groups would be interested in discussing this book, but some folks would find it fascinating as an individual read.
3 of 5 stars ( )
  beckyhaase | Mar 1, 2021 |
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