Helene Stapinski has written a terrific piece of creative non-fiction: Five-Finger Discount; a Crooked Family History (New York, Random House, 2001). It's the story of a crooked family, as she says in the subtitle.
Here's the way she starts it out:
The night my grandfather tried to kill us, I was five years old, the age I stopped believing in Santa Clause, started kindergarten, and made real rather than imaginary friends.How about that? Who wouldn't want to go on. It's amazingly engrossing. Though crime and corruption are baked into this family, in some ways it's as American as apple pie.
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