By Helene Stapinski

ISBN-10: 0375758704

ISBN-13: 9780375758706

ISBN-10: 0679463062

ISBN-13: 9780679463061

Now a PBS documentary, this astonishing memoir of transforming into up in rough-and-tumble Jersey urban “will scouse borrow your center” (People)

With deadpan humor and noticeable affection, Five-Finger Discount recounts the tale of an unforgettable New Jersey kinfolk of swindlers, bookies, embezzlers, and mobster-wannabes. within the memoir Mary Karr calls “a page-turner,” Helene Stapinski ingeniously weaves the checkered heritage of her homeland of Jersey City—a position identified for its political corruption and commercial blight—with the stories that experience swirled round her family members for many years. Navigating a adolescence of poisonous waste and hard love, Stapinski tells a rare story instantly heartbreaking and hysterically funny.

Praise for Five-Finger Discount

“By turns hilarious and alarming, [Helene Stapinski’s] booklet reads at the floor like whatever by way of Damon Runyon and Elmore Leonard, with a gloomy undertow of real-life ache and disillusion.”—Michiko Kakutani, The manhattan Times

“It’s a super booklet, a darling ebook. it's the blessedly modest chronicle of a paranormal recognition that turns out to were born pulling diamonds out of the muck, listening to angels’ voices within the fiercest thunder. . . . I cherished each notice of this wondrous booklet. Get it. learn it.”—Michael Pakenham, The Baltimore Sun

“In the culture of . . . Rita Mae Brown and Amy Tan, Ms. Stapinski is an exhilarating author, unabashedly candid, and while unashamedly self-contained. Five-Finger Discount is a must-read.”—Victoria Gotti, The big apple Observer

“What [Frank] McCourt did for Limerick, eire, Helene Stapinski does for Jersey City.”The Star-Ledger

“Hugely entertaining.”The Sunday Times (London)

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