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Updated: Jul 10, 2012 04:32 PM EDT

Angela "Big Ang" Raiola

Angela "Big Ang" Raiola
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Big Ang from VH1's "Mob Wives" is building her brand by writing a book, according to the Huffington Post.

Big Ang, whose real name is Angela Raiola, said Friday that her first book will be released on Sept. 11 through Simon & Schuster. The book is called "Bigger is Better: Real Life Wisdom from the No-Drama Mama." She said it will include "all kinds of stuff."

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The newly fan favorite first gained attention on the second season of "Mon Wives" as the friendly one and peacemaker when the girls got into their vicious fights.

Big Ang, 52, also launched her own VH1 show, called "Big Ang," which premiered last Sunday at 9 p.m. on VH1.

"I didn't think about any of this. This all came to me," she said of her recent fame. "Did you think at my age I was looking to go on TV?"

According to VH1's website, Big Ang is the niece of Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with her two sisters and four brothers.  She is a single mother of two.

The VH1 star has always strived to be popular with "the mob." She is what many consider a "mob moll." Owning many mafia hangouts over the years, she became like "one of the guys" - even catching a case with some high ranking members of the mob. She was loved by them all. She is like a character straight from the movie "Goodfellas" and lives by the lifestyle code.

Big Ang has dated many gangsters throughout her life but has always remained independent. She is not the typical women who would depend on a man. She has managed to make her own way and provide her own means within this world, though she was always lavished with houses, cars, jewelry, furs (you name it) by many well-known mob wise guys.

The star is widely known for her full lips and breasts. "One would believe that they call her Big Ang for "E Cups" or her even larger lips, but is really because of her larger than life personality," VH1 says on their website. "She is hysterically funny without even meaning to be. Often referring to herself as "bad girl" she will have you laughing upon meeting her and keep you laughing until you leave."

The "Big Ang" show will air on Sundays at 9 p.m. on VH1.

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