Five-Finger Discount

I just finished reading "Five-Finger Discount," a memoir by Helene Stapinski. It was good, but not particularly gripping; it kept my interest just enough to get me to finish it, mainly because it's a true story.

Stapinski grew up in Jersey City, and in her memoir she shares her own memories of her family, intermingled with the stories behind the family members in question. Jersey City was apparently a hotbed of political corruption, nepotism and graft back in the day, and her family was basically in the thick of it. Oh, and they were bookies and otherwise unsavory characters to boot. Even her Harvard Law-educated cousin.

I guess I don't have a whole lot to say about this book. It had been on my "to read" list for quite some time, and I finally grabbed it from the BPL. "Eh," is my overall reaction, so I suppose that means "don't go out of your way to get this one if it's on your list."

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