Helene Stapinski
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Helene Stapinski

Helene Stapinski grew up in Jersey City, NJ, captured in her best selling memoir, Five-Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History, which was made into a documentary. Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair with Music traces her time playing drums in a rock band on the Lower East Side. Her most recent book, Murder in Matera, takes her to Southern Italy, where she uncovers a 145-year-old family murder. Stapinski got her start at her hometown newspaper, worked as a radio DJ and news director in Alaska, has taught at Fordham University and NYU, her alma mater, has lectured at Columbia University, where she received her MFA, and has appeared on the Moth main stage, on NPR and the Today Show. She writes regularly for The New York Times and has been published in New York magazine, Salon.com, Travel & Leisure, Real Simple and dozens of other magazines, newspapers and web sites. Her work has been included in several anthologies, including Drinking Diaries: Women Tell Their Stories Straight Up. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Wendell Jamieson, their two teenage children and their dog, Blue.

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    • Murder in Matera

    • A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy
    • By: Helene Stapinski
    • Narrated by: Helene Stapinski
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
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      4 out of 5 stars 57
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      4 out of 5 stars 58

    Since childhood Helene Stapinski heard lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, Vita. In Southern Italy she was a loose woman who had murdered someone....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really enjoyed this audio book!

    • By Rachele on 06-24-18

    Regular price: $25.09

    • Five-Finger Discount

    • A Crooked Family History
    • By: Helene Stapinski
    • Narrated by: Helene Stapinski
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Five-Finger Discount recounts the story of a New Jersey family of swindlers, bookies, embezzlers, and mobster-wannabes. Helene Stapinski ingeniously weaves the checkered history of her hometown of Jersey City with the tales that have swirled around her relatives for decades....

    Regular price: $28.00

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