A Fistful of Fig Newtons

By Jean Shepherd

From the wild and wacky international of a favourite funnyman, a dozen truer-than-life stories of tailgating at the Jersey Tumpike, infuriating babies, and different daily catastrophes, defeats, and humiliations which are the conventional destiny of usa citizens in every single place.

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