Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Barber's Conundrum and Other Stories by John Harnett

This is a collection of short stories about life.  The subtitle is Observations on life from the cheap seats.  I don't know about you, but that was where we always ended up sitting.

Literary Promotions and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.  It is available as an ebook as well as an inscribed paperback available directly from his website at The Monkey as well as via and Barnes &

The stories are short, almost like essays.  They cover life in general and many of them are written tongue-in-cheek.  I read a story here and a story there.  These are to be savored in a few quiet moments to help rejuvenate your spirit, not read up and spit out.

My favorite story was the last in the book:  Father's Day.  It's about his father and how he never comes out and says I love you.  I grew up with a father like that.  Mr. Hartnett points out the way his father expresses love without words.  That touched me.  Many men have trouble saying those words.  This story demonstrates the non-verbal signs of love.

This book has the feel of life in the past and tales you would hear during the Golden Days of Radio.  I enjoyed the read and plan to share the book with my mother.  Why not give it a try yourself and see if it talks to you?

Happy reading.

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