How to Beg for Cigarettes
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NEW AND IMPROVED! Now even more hilarious inner-city adventures from your Urban Entreprenaurial Storyteller!

Most people believe owning a business is a walk in the park. Sure, it can be, if it's a charming little donut shop in the country. However, not in this case! Matt Ponticello retires early from the comfort and security of the corporate world and opens an auto body re...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 240 pages
Published September 15th 2012 by Createspace (first published July 1st 2011)
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John Martin
When John Steinbeck published Cannery Row in 1945 and its sequel Sweet Thursday 15 years later, he found humour and pathos in a cast of down and outs: homeless people, misfits, con men and prostitutes.
Don't get me wrong. How to Beg for Cigarettes , isn't crafted by a master like Steinbeck.
You might say it's a bit rough around the edges - but it does ring the same bells and it's a gem that would sparkle even more with some polish.
Steinbeck, like most of us, used personal experiences as his founda...more
Frederick Brooke
In this extraordinary book you step into the life of a man who has decided to open an auto-body shop in the heart of the inner city. The neighborhood is so bad, his building has no owner, and he therefore has no rent to pay. Drug dealers, prostitutes, homeless people and gang members drop in to the shop and make getting to and from work a daily adventure. But hold on, ditch your preconceptions. The author devotes a chapter or more to every one of these people, and by the time you have read two o...more
John Martin
When John Steinbeck published Cannery Row in 1945 and its sequel Sweet Thursday 15 years later, he found humour and pathos in a cast of down and outs: homeless people, misfits, con men and prostitutes.
Don't get me wrong. How to Beg for Cigarettes , isn't crafted by a master like Steinbeck.
You might say it's a bit rough around the edges - but it does ring the same bells and it's a gem that would sparkle even more with some polish.
Steinbeck, like most of us, used personal experiences as his founda...more
Stephanie
I won this book from one of the giveaway drawings. I was very excited to receive it and I have to admit I was not disappointed. I found the book easy to read and funny. Not my usual choice of books but I liked it. It was so descriptive that I could imagine myself being there and walking next to the main character as he took me through his day. I can't identify with the lives of the characters as they are so far from my own but I feel their descriptions were completely realistic. I would recommen...more
Margot
From the very first paragraph, I knew this book would be a challenge to get through. The prose are poorly written and don't look like they were ever revised beyond the first draft. Not to mention the convoluted sentences that are sometimes completely contradictory within themselves. The narrative jumps nonsensically around between character vignettes and "this one time..." stories with no driving plot (in the first quarter of the book) except a guy headed to work at the auto-body shop he owns. W...more
Patty
Won book on GoodReads, thanks. Just finished reading "HOW TO BEG FOR CIGARETTES" and I loved it!!!! From page one, I was laughing. I would go from laughing to almost crying then back to laughing. Very good book and very good telling of the 'real world' in a city. Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
Jane
I won a copy of this novel from the author in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. This novel was a series of humorous vignettes surrounding the life of Matt after he opened an auto body shop in the inner city. To write it, the author drew on personal experience so I kept wondering how much of it was actually true! An enjoyable read.
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