Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History


Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History Author Helene Stapinski
ISBN-10 0375758704
ISBN-13 9780375758706
Year 2002-03-12
Pages 258
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Now a PBS documentary thisastonishing memoir of growing up in rough and tumble Jersey City will steal your heart People With deadpan humor and obvious affection Five Finger Discount recounts the story of an unforgettable New Jersey family of swindlers bookies embezzlers and mobster wannabes In the memoir Mary Karr calls a page turner Helene Stapinski ingeniously weaves the checkered history of her hometown of Jersey Citya place known for its political corruption and industrial blightwith the tales that have swirled around her relatives for decades Navigating a childhood of toxic waste and tough love Stapinski tells an extraordinary tale at once heartbreaking and hysterically funny Praise forFive Finger Discount By turns hilarious and alarming Helene Stapinskis book reads on the surface like something by Damon Runyon and Elmore Leonard with a dark undertow of real life pain and disillusion Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Its a brilliant book a darling book It is the blessedly modest chronicle of a magical consciousness that seems to have been born pulling diamonds out of the muck hearing angels voices in the fiercest thunder I adored every word of this wondrous book Get it Read it Michael Pakenham The Baltimore Sun In the tradition of Rita Mae Brown and Amy Tan Ms Stapinski is an exciting writer unabashedly candid and at the same time unashamedly self contained Five Finger Discount is a must read Victoria Gotti The New York Observer What Frank McCourt did for Limerick Ireland Helene Stapinski does for Jersey City The Star Ledger Hugely entertaining The Sunday Times London

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