Barrington Books is pleased to host Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr. for a book signing to celebrate the release of the paperback edition of “Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Dined with Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community, and Lived to Tell the Tale,” on Saturday, January 5th from 1-3pm
As the official bookseller for Mayor Cianci’s growing list of bestselling memoirs, Barrington Books is looking forward to a lively and well-attended event. “’Politics and Pasta’ is a fascinating, entertaining read,” said store manager Jennifer Massotti. “It’s always a pleasure to host Mayor Cianci.”
From the publisher
“Politics and Pasta” is the most candid (and easily the funniest) political memoir in a generation from one of the nation’s most talked-about mayors.
“Colorful” is not a sufficient enough word to describe Buddy Cianci. The subject of a New York Times bestseller, an Emmy Award–winning documentary, and creator of Mayor’s Own Marinara sauce, Buddy is seen by many as a brilliantly successful politician and by others as a rogue.
Since his first election, Buddy rose from being the underdog to becoming the longest-serving mayor of a major American city and transforming that city into an urban model. Here he recalls elections won and lost, backroom deals and publicity catastrophes, showing how things really happen in City Hall. He also doesn’t shy away from discussing why he left office. However, he does deny the charge of assaulting his wife’s lover with a fireplace log (he never hit the man with it). And he goes into detail about the RICO conviction that ended his political career and sent him to federal prison, telling another side of the story.
Full of surprising stories and outrageous anecdotes, “Politics and Pasta” is a one-of-a-kind memoir by a master of the political game. Take a bit of La Guardia, a dose of Daley, and a little of Boston’s Mayor Curley and you have Buddy—master politician, master storyteller.
Praise for ‘Politics and Pasta’
“Look up controversial in the dictionary and Buddy Cianci's picture will be there. As he is happy to tell you, he never backed down from a fight or a challenge while rebuilding a great city, and he'll make you laugh while doing it."
"It's pure Buddy. Beguiling, hilarious, with an excuse -- and a joke -- for everything, Cianci shows why he's one of the most storied figures in modern urban politics. ... It delivers all those things, plus a guided tour of a fascinating political mind."—Politico
"Cianci tells the fascinating story of his rise to power and the profound transformation that Providence underwent under his command.... As colorful on the page as he is in person, Cianci is a natural storyteller with a lot to say."
"A relentless charmer... A shrewd intelligence shines through; it's easy to understand why he kept getting re-elected. Cianci readily admits to the role luck and money played in his success, and even admits to some major mistakes. More subtly, the former mayor reveals the intricacies of the horse-trading that makes politics go." —Publishers Weekly
VINCENT “BUDDY” CIANCI, JR. is a former prosecutor and Mayor of Providence. As mayor he was credited with turning the city around and making it a destination. He’s presently one of the top radio talk show hosts in New England on 630 WPRO AM and 99.7 FM, chief political analyst for WLNE-ABC Channel 6, and host of the weekly TV talk show News on the Record.