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Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History Paperback – March 12, 2002
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As a child, Helene never considers her family anything but normal. Living upstairs from a neighborhood bar, she accepts the arrest of her abusive grandfather Beansie (a nickname derived from the fact that he stole some beans from a truck earlier in his life) as normal, the most recent of "a string of family crimes and tragedies, which I thought most people experienced on a regular basis." The diminuitive Beansie, nothing more than a small-time bully and crook, becomes the central lens through which Stapinski examines her family history.Read more ›
The one shortfall of this memoir occurs within the memoir of place. For a non-Jersey-ite I felt the extent of the history of Jersey City slowed the narrative. I could have done with less. For folks who live in the region, however, I'm sure the history will prove fascinating. Whenever my interest would lag, though, "Five Finger Discount," would return to the family. The strength of the memoir lies in the melding of both, but for me the family stories proved more rewarding than the sociology.
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in a good family story mixed with true crime.
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I just moved to Jersey City, Newport area, right on the waterfront. This part of JC has become upscale and the living is easy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by annejv
Five-finger Discount is a history of her unusual family, and also serves as a vivid history of Jersey City politics and culture. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Susan Goulding
written with a lot of humor and allowed me to travel in a time warp back to the earlier days of Jersey City. There is so much history in our home town of Jersey City. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joan Terrell
I'm on page 50 and I came here to read other reviews to inspire me to push through. Probably not going to happen, but I might try. Tomorrow. Read morePublished 16 months ago by lv2tumble13