Growing Up Crooked

Book CoverFive Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History — By Helene Stapinski

The author’s story of growing up in Jersey City, in a large and loving, if not always honest, family. It’s as much a book about the history of Jersey City and Hudson County as it is about her own experiences there, in a tough environment where everyone’s on the make or on the take, living off the swag that falls off the back of the truck. A sad and funny book– one that I found particularly interesting having my own experiences and connections in Hudson County.

(And if you’re interested in books about this part of New Jersey, I also highly recommend The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures at the Edge of a City by Robert Sullivan and Snowshoeing Through Sewers: Adventures in New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia by Michael Aaron Rockland.)

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