Book Review: The Barber's Conundrum and Other Stories - Observations on Life From the Cheap Seats by John Hartnett
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John Hartnettabout this book: The Barber's Conundrum and Other Stories is a collection of humor essays that address every day life including parenting (The School Project: An American Tragedy), relationships (How Bananas Almost Destroyed My Marriage), religion (If We're Late Again for Church, I Will Kill You), the media (There But for the Grace of God Goes the Weather Reporter), animals, specifically geese who tie up traffic by refusing to fly (Behold the Goose), the afterlife (An Unwanted Glimpse of the Afterlife), and other topics readily identifiable and relatable to anyone who doesn't employ and house a staff of servants that outnumber their immediate family by a ratio of 16:1.
The title of the book and the story of the same name chronicles my unbroken history of receiving horrible haircuts since the age of three.
Why did I write the book? There's a lot of stress and sadness these days, and at the risk of sounding grandiose, I wrote this book with the sole intention of giving readers a little bit of a break --hopefully stories and situations to identify with, feel good about and most importantly, laugh at. Much of the humor is derived from real life situations, actual personal or quirky news events and is, for the most part, self deprecating, gentle in nature and not mean spirited, with the possible exception of my unwavering belief that the customer service industry has been taken over by people who formerly lived on other planets, or alternatively, weight bearing meteors or rocks.
This book emphasizes a more subtle but realistic brand of humor that is a bit harder to find these days. I believe that the people who have the opportunity to discover and read my book, as the reviews seem to indicate on Amazon, will find something to laugh about and share with others. The Barber's Conundrum and Other Stories would make for a great ice breaker and opening discussion for any book club -- but particularly for those that include parents.
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A very entertaining and funny bookThe Barber's Conundrum and Other Stories by John Hartnett is a laugh out loud collection of comedy pieces. Some of the stories are autobiographical and some are parodies on entertainment, current events and raising kids. The ones about aliens taking over our customer service industry, How Bananas Almost Destroyed My Marriage, The Bad News Caller and The School Project, An American Tragedy were my favorites.
This is a good book for any audience. No profanity but lots of humor, insights and poignant moments as well. The story about the author's father was very touching. Highly recommended! [by Nathan from Pacific Palisades]
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