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 contagious.

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"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)

Table of Contents 

   (Click on highlighted titles to read the stories)


Three Words

Uncles and Aunts

Young Man, Going West

Goin' Cohen

Musical Walls


An Important Man


Babes in Beerland

A Healthy Tan

Bed Diving

That(ford)'s Entertainment


Brownsville Bouquet

The All-American Boy

Skunk Hunt

The Enchanted Outhouse

The Well Cat

A Lousy Story

Kitchen Secrets


Driving Chicken

Boys of Summer

Manhaters' Club

Car Crazy

Luck of the Draw

My Cousin Henry

Not a Jerk

Overnight Invitations

Real Shrewd

Is He Izzy?

Gettin' Around

The Coat

Artie's Pearl

Sweatin' It

Family Therapist

Fish out of Vatter

Call for Little Johnny


California Scheming

Smart Guy

Quacks and Kooks

Presidential Material

Afterwords: The Story of the Story



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