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. 


Click baby Jack's 1913 butt to visit the Free Book page.

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.

Read it...

           Catch it...

                         Pass it on.


Buy it now for
       free delivery!

Order now and we'll send an autographed, personally inscribed copy anywhere in the U.S. for only $11.95.




What's the difference between wisdom and common sense?


Before we understand it, we call it wisdom. Afterwards, it's common sense.

Whatever we call it, elders have it, and love sharing it. Usually as short, funny stories.

As storytellers, they become links in a "Chain of Wisdom," transferring lessons from their lives, their parents, and their culture.


The Original Head Start Program

If you grew up with elder stories, you entered adulthood knowing who you were, what was important, and how to make good decisions.

What about those of us who grew up with TV instead? We still need those stories.


Emotional Vitamin Pills...in print

Reading Heirloom Stories from the Harnessmaker's Son is like having dinner with one of your grandparents, dozens of times.

They would have told you stories like these...and they would have told them the way the Harnessmaker's Son does: short, personal, and ending with a twist, usually a laugh.

You'll love the stories. You probably won't immediately notice that you're picking up the "elder attitude." It helps you handle whatever comes your way.

That's why we say: Read it...Catch it...Pass it on.


...Or use it

If you're lucky enough to have living elders, pass a copy on to them. Tell them you want to hear the stories it triggers, so you can write them down for the grandkids. You'll be amazed at what it does for them, you, and the rest of your family.

Would you like your family's "Chain of Wisdom" to reach to your children? Pass a copy of Harnessmaker's Son to them. Then invite them to talk to their grandparents about "the old days." It's easy when you follow our COW recipe.

Would you like a professional author to turn your elders' tales into Heirloom Stories™? They'll be in your family for centuries.

We can also build a  Web site and newsletter around your elder's stories. Read about our writing services here.


Read the Book for Free

Read  a sample story from Harnessmaker's Son.

If you like it, we'd like to send you one story from the book every month...no strings attached.

Sign up for the free book at the bottom of any sample story page. 



Sample Stories #1, #2, #3, #4 Table of Contents Reader Comments Free Book Send me a book
Chain of Wisdom Senior Health

Write your Own

Writing Services Home

About Us

Contact Us

Recipe for COW Real Heirlooms Jewish


Family Values


Family History


Copyright © 2001-2005 Heirloom Stories. All rights reserved.
Contact us for permission to reprint any of our site contents onto yours.
Revised: October 04, 2011