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.
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
Pass it on.
Stories from the Harnessmaker's Son
-- Tales your grandfather might have told you
What readers are saying:
"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
- Dr. Kathleen E. Kain, Ph.D., Columbia, SC
"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
"If you read anything for pleasure this year,
make it this book.
- Robert Goodman
"I just love it...the stories, the laughs, the
- Irv Trachtenberg, Portland, Oregon
"I read it cover to cover in one sitting. It was
amusing and fascinating."
- Ray Horncastle, Raleigh, North
"A wonderful dose of realism and humor...every
chapter/story ends with a belly-laugh!"
- Joe Vecchio,
former president of Laughmasters, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"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,
"It brings back old times and places."
Gomperts, Fairfax, VA
"I'm ordering copies for all my Hebrew High students."
Arthur Zuckerman, Congregation Beth Am, Del Mar, CA
"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."
Wellington, Beatty, Oregon
"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
- Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, Allentown, PA
"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)
"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, email@example.com
"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
"I am alienated from my own parents generation and religion (Jewish),
and not a frequenter of "Jewish Stories."...I must swallow my
preconceptions...It gave me an enhanced appreciation for the Jewish-immigrant
experience...You have created a thing of the Heart. Mazel tov."
Yaswen, Sebastopol, CA
"(Kamen) takes us back to his Jewish ghetto world of New York
City...Brownsville comes to life."
- David Strom, San Diego Jewish Times
"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.