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Jack Kamen was born in 1913 above his father's harness shop in Brownsville, a Yiddish-speaking section of Brooklyn. He brings that lost world to life in this humorous, heartwarming, historical collection of family stories with universal appeal. 

 

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Jack bares all as he reveals secrets of the Enchanted Outhouse, the Mysterious Yeshiva Fire, and the Great Thanksgiving Fraud.

Learn why Jack was in the Oval Office one month and jail the next...why Uncle Youssel sold his soul...and how Jack saved his hide when the Manhater's Club discovered him eavesdropping.

Jack's greatest secret--his formula for health, happiness, and longevity--is hidden in every story. It's his attitude, and it's contagious.

 

 

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Heirloom Stories from the Harnessmaker's Son
 -- Tales your grandfather might have told you 

 

What readers are saying:

 

"It brings back old times and places." 
    -
Judith Gomperts, Fairfax, VA

"These stories will have you laughing out loud...Highly recommended as a gift for elders, teachers (any grade), anyone interested in history or families, your children, or for yourself!" 
      -
Dr. Kathleen E. Kain, Ph.D., Columbia, SC (drkain@sciencespiders.com)

"I'm getting such a kick out of your stories and they bring back so many memories of my youth...I sent two audio tapes to my son about the struggles of making a wilderness home in this area."
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Lorena Wellington, Beatty, Oregon

"Every reader who finishes and closes this book will do so with a warm feeling on their inside, a smile on their outside, and the urge to talk to their elders"
     
- Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews  (http://www.huntressreviews.com)

"Harnessmaker's Son makes me feel grateful for the few stories I heard from my grandparents and long for the ones not told."
  - Gloria Wolk (ggwolk@Viatical-Expert.net)

"If you read anything for pleasure this year, make it this book.
     
- Robert Goodman (editor@silvercat.com)

"I just love it...the stories, the laughs, the memories." 
     -
Irv Trachtenberg, Portland, Oregon

"I read it cover to cover in one sitting. It was amusing and fascinating."
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Ray Horncastle, Raleigh, North Carolina

"A wonderful dose of realism and humor...every chapter/story ends with a belly-laugh!" 
     -
Joe Vecchio, former president of Laughmasters, (jv333@yahoo.com)

"My grandparents also came from Russia and I didn't get to hear their stories. I treasure the cultural history in this book."
    -
Jacquie Lowell, M. Ed, (http://www.jacquielowell.com)

"I'm ordering copies for all my Hebrew High students."
    -
Rabbi Arthur Zuckerman, Congregation Beth Am, Del Mar, CA

"We taped the conversation (with my parents) and Marsha is going to transcribe it. Thanks for the inspiration."
   -
Tim Lashlee, J.D., CTLashlee@aol.com

"Family storytelling weaves listeners and tellers into a web that can enhance connectedness and self-esteem. Heirloom Stories from the Harnessmaker's Son can be used to initiate family storytelling traditions."
  -
Sherry Reasbeck, Ph.D., MFT, San Diego, CA

"I recommend Harnessmaker's Son both as a reading delight and as a model for recording one's own family legacy."
   - Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, Allentown, PA

"I just want to tell you how much I love The Harnessmaker's Son.  My Father came from Russia, my Mother's family lived in Brooklyn, and we decided things with a knippel."
  -
Carol Feltman, kahrol@worldnet.att.net

"I was so inspired by your book about your dad. Now I'm working on a book about my dad."
  - Betty King, La Mesa, CA

"The idea of Jack Kamen sitting at the President's desk in the Oval Office is downright scary!"
  - Dan Strobha, Lemon Grove, CA

Why is Dan scared? Find out by reading The Enchanted Outhouse then Important Man.

 

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