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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"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


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Did your grandparents tell you stories?


If they did, you entered adulthood with the emotional tools you needed. You were prepared for the situations and relationships you encountered. Cartoons, shoot-'em-ups, and sitcoms can't replace elder-stories.

Elders are natural storytellers, and children are natural story-listeners. The tellers and listeners form a link in a "Chain of Wisdom," transferring life-lessons and cultural values.

Use the Chain of Wisdom to give your children the common sense and positive outlook that elder stories transfer in other cultures.


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


 Children have an natural hunger for authentic grandpa-stories. They'll enjoy forty-three of them in Heirloom Stories from the Harnessmaker's Son, told by master storyteller Jack Kamen during his 85th year.

Every family has stories like these. While they're often about things that can't happen anymore, they're based on timeless values.

...And they're told as your grandfather would have told them: personal, short, and ending with a twist, usually a laugh. Because they're family stories, they're enjoyed by anyone in double digits...that's age, not IQ.


"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)


Turn kids into family historians

As children read Harnessmaker's Son, they realize their grandparents have similar stories. Encourage them to ask their grandparents about the "old days." We suggest recording the conversations and writing them down. The stories will be in your family for centuries.

The best part of the project is that it creates a strong link in your family's "Chain of Wisdom." It's easy when you follow our COW Recipe.


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Read a sample story  or two today. We think you'll like them. If you do, sign up for the Harnessmaker's Son Newsletter at the bottom of the sample story pages.

Newsletter subscribers receive a story from the book every month. In 43 months, you'll read the entire book for free.

If you'd like to read it quicker, we can send the book to you tomorrow. We'll autograph it, inscribe it with your suggestion, and pay the postage anywhere in the U.S.



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