Me & Mario

Love, Power & Writing with Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather

Beyond the Shadows of The Godfather There Was the Light of a Love Story

More than a love story

New York Times, bestselling author Carol Gino, offers an intimate memoir about her love, partnership, and collaboration—spanning two decades—with acclaimed writer, Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather. Often funny, sometimes raw and always true, Carol invites us into the private life and the creative mind of the celebrity author as they traveled from New York to Hollywood, Vegas, Cannes, Venice, Rome—and that one time—to Sicily. She reveals the appetites and excesses in the life of this humble and gracious author, screenwriter and one of America’s great storytellers. Filled with Puzo’s tips on “how to tell a great truth,” fellow authors and aspiring writers will love this inside-look into the mind and art of the legendary author and the woman he chose as his last love. Includes 17 photos.

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Why would an “ardent 60’s feminist” and the “creator of the greatest romantic patriarchy,” choose each other?

Mario Puzo

Bestselling author Mario Puzo is beloved to millions of fans worldwide for his iconic, bestselling novel The Godfather, the sweeping saga of the Corleone family, and the epic Academy Award-winning movies based on the screenplays written with Francis Ford Coppola.

Carol Gino

Bestselling author, Carol Gino, RN, MA, was one of the first to reveal the truth about the healthcare system and what happens behind the closed doors of hospitals, from her first-hand perspective as a nurse for over 30 years. In her blockbuster expose about the healthcare industry (masked as a story), The Nurses Story unleashed a Pandora's Box and exposed the heart as well as the darkest indignities that Nurses and patients have lived with for centuries.

What “The Godfather” author Mario Puzo taught Carol about love, power and the art of storytelling, and what she taught him about women, life and death..

Pen to Pen, Back to Back, Heart to Heart

“An impressively forthcoming reminiscence full of creative insight. Much of the remembrance recounts captivating conversations between the author and Puzo, which provide an extraordinarily candid look at the man and his work."

—Kirkus Reviews

“I adored Mario Puzo and know why he adored Carol Gino. If you want to know what love is, read this and weep.”

—Judith Regan, Publisher

“These two unique souls make a union like no other. . . . It should be hard to capture this dynamic on the page...except Carol does it here so effortlessly. I knew both as writers but never knew what a love story they lived together. Until now.”

—Joni Evans, Literary Agent

"Gino delivers a readable, intimate look at an important figure in 20th century popular culture. Puzo fans will appreciate this book, as will anyone interested in how two strong personalities can flourish together."

—Blueink Review

"Dialogue carries much of the narrative and is continually interesting and revealing. Puzo is recalled discussing how he bluffed his way to a big payday for screenwriting. Lively conversations are reproduced with revealing disclosures, including about the underlying motivations behind some of Puzo’s most memorable creations . . . Puzo’s many tips on writing punctuate the couple’s time together."

—Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Carol Gino, the other half of the Mario and Carol duo, has written a luminous portrait of the enchantment that happens when two people love deeply, work together on all levels and co-create wonders of living and invention.”

—Jean Houston, author of The Wizard of Us

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