Five-Finger Discount by Helene Stapinski
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Five-Finger Discount
By Helene Stapinski

Five-Finger Discount

A Crooked Family History

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Five-Finger Discount by Helene Stapinski

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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 City a place known for its political corruption and industrial blight with 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."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375758706
ISBN-10: 0375758704
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 133mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Random House Trade
Publisher: Random House Trade
Publish Date: 12-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Helene Stapinski

Five Finger Discount by Helene Stapinski Five Finger Discount, Paperback (May 2002)

Helene Stapinski was playing in the family's apartment when Grandpa pointed his loaded gun and bragged he had a bullet for each of them. Helene's daily bread was stolen by her father, and her first cousin embezzled a quarter of a million dollars, tearing the clan apart. This book features stories that are part of Helene's unbelievable heritage.

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Author Biography - Helene Stapinski

Helene Stapinski began her career at her hometown newspaper, The Jersey Journal, and since then has written for The New York Times, New York magazine, and People, among other publications. She received her B.A. in journalism from New York University in 1987 and her M.F.A. from Columbia in 1995. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

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