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"The Barber's Conundrum and Other Stories: Observations on Life from the Cheap Seats' is a semifinalist in The Kindle Book Review's 2013 Best Indie Book Awards Winners.

About the Author

John Hartnett is a New Jersey native who has worked in the entertainment and publishing industries. He is married with three children and the only one on the block who still cuts his own lawn.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Earlybird Publishing; First edition (December 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615741150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615741154
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,972,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Hartnett was born in Jersey City, NJ, grew up in Cranford,NJ, and moved to Los Angeles in 1984 after graduating from Emerson College. He has worked in the restaurant, construction, entertainment and publishing industries as well as several others which thankfully have been suppressed from memory. He moved back to his hometown of Cranford in 1997, where his parents still reside, and is married with three children. His first love has always been comedy and his second love is his wife, but sometimes the order is reversed depending on who's in the room with him. He also writes the humor blog: The Monkey Bellhop

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Con - On The Jersey Side on December 21, 2012
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Thanks to John Hartnett for sharing his unique and entertaining observations on the otherwise ordinary events of love, life, community, family and the world around him. In the Barber's Conundrum he has delivered a wry, witty, insightful, and delightful collection of stories. His writing is perfectly seasoned with an intelligent yet seemingly effortless humor, which quite often had me laughing out loud. John's observations may be from the cheap seats, but they are rich with humor of the finest kind. John's writing style is warm, giving, forgiving, infectious, happy and clever. More than anything else, it's really funny.

Highly recommended for anyone with a sense of humor, who knows how to read the English language, and who has $8.99 in discretionary funds.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CindyD923 on December 29, 2012
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One hilarious, insightful, heartfelt essay leads to the next... can't remember the last time I read a book cover-to-cover in one day! Hartnett is the middle class family's David Sedaris - just as funny, minus the angst and OCD! So glad I finally understand the demise of our customer service industry (space aliens, who knew!), and what parent hasn't worked painfully through the 7 Stages of Every School Project? The final essay, a sweet and moving tribute to Dad, ices the cake. Hartnett's observations might be from the cheap seats, but we are fortunate he's let us sit within earshot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KarenD on January 1, 2013
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I couldn't put this book down. Quick reading funny stories about everyday life. I really liked the story about typical soccer parents..............so funny and brought back many memories of my kids soccer days. One of my favorite purchases this year so far!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Optimal Self on December 30, 2012
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In The Barber's Conundrum, Hartnett exposes the quirkiness of life as he shares personal stories, experiences and observations. The collection of 37 short stories will have you laughing, nodding your head in total agreement, or shaking your head in disbelief at the things people do in today's modern culture. It's a quick read cover to cover, or one that can be savored when you have few minutes to be entertained (can you say "powder room"?) Hartnett's view of everyday life is one that should be experienced and readers will definitely enjoy The Barber's Conundrum!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith on December 30, 2012
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John's book is full of wisdom and humor.
His book takes us back to our own carefree childhood while giving us comic relief on raising our own children today.
It is a great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dog lover on December 22, 2013
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This is a fun book of anecdotes and short stories, most of them funny enough to make ya' chuckle. I read it in bed, one chapter per night, and went to sleep like a baby with a smile on my face! :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Brown on December 15, 2013
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Really enjoyed it, fun to read. Stories are very relatable to all, especially parents. Stuff that happens to all of us but sounds better when he told about it.,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Lorette on November 27, 2013
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I'm not finding much readable prose these days, but happily, this was an exception. The writing was polished enough that I thought for sure John had just selected some of his column's from whatever newspaper he wrote for. I would definitely want to read anything he wrote in the future.
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