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    • Five-Finger Discount

    • A Crooked Family History
    • By: Helene Stapinski
    • Narrated by: Helene Stapinski
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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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. 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.   

    Regular price: $28.00

    • 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
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    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. Immigrating to America with three children, she lost one along the way. Helene's youthful obsession with Vita deepened as she grew up, eventually propelling the journalist to Italy, where, with her own children in tow, she pursued the story, determined to set the record straight.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting story about unraveling the family lore

    • By Denise Sproed on 08-04-17

    Regular price: $25.09