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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rolly Bolly Press (May 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615848060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615848068
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James—Jim—was born in Denver, schooled there and in New Haven (code word for Yale), spent four WWII years in the Navy, then six in New York as an editor for Business Week. After marriage and the birth of their first child, the happy couple moved to Sonoma, California. Jim freelanced there for five years (code for until the money ran out). One of the original Mad Men of the more relaxed West-coast variety, Nelson spent 23 years on the creative side of a San Francisco advertising agency. His first novel, On the Volcano, was published in 2011. He and Mary-Armour now live happily ever after in Marin County, California.

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James--Jim--was born in Denver, schooled there and in New Haven (code word for Yale), spent four WWII years in the Navy, then six in New York as an editor for Business Week.

After marriage and the birth of their first child, the happy couple moved to Sonoma, California. Jim freelanced there for five years (code for until the money ran out), then spent 23 years on the creative side of a San Francisco advertising agency. He and Mary-Armour now live happily ever after in Marin County, California.

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Hilarious and totally entertaining.
John D.
I truly enjoyed this book, it was very funny and a new experience, learning about the trials and tribulations of the vending machine business, i.e. Gumballs.
Vivi-Anne Riordan
I read this book many years ago and never forgot about it.
drjrharris

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By drjrharris on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this book many years ago and never forgot about it. Recently re-purchased it and have enjoyed it over again. Referred and given as a gift to several friends struggling to start their own business. A fun read, worth your time and an great gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorie Rosenberg on June 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
Jim Nelson's adventurous and optimistic spirit is expressed so vividly in this delightful tale. This spirit is a consistent spark that enlivens his personality and allows him to find the ray of hope in life's downturns. Jim's good-natured ribbing of the characters he deals with, and the patience he applies to the setbacks in his burgeoning business, perfectly reflect his strong and unique character. I can vouch for this from the hundreds of conversations we've enjoyed throughout the years, as I have the good fortune to be his neighbor.
I highly recommend all of Jim's other books, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vivi-Anne Riordan on June 24, 2014
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I truly enjoyed this book, it was very funny and a new experience, learning about the trials and tribulations of the vending machine business, i.e. Gumballs. It was extra special for me since I know the Author and his wife (They are family.)

Vivi-Anne Riordan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
My girlfriend gifted me this book because I live in Northern California (alas, in Oakland not beyond the Golden Gate Bridge where this book is set). It's funny, but not in that snarky way I'm used to (e.g. Louis CK). Instead the humor comes from how icredibly optimistic the author is, while every person he deals with is comically absurd.

It's about a guy who has to get a job to support his new family, so he starts running gumball machines. Doesn't really matter what it's about, it's less about the plot and more about the crazy characters he encounters. Not usually my thing, because I like plot-driven books, but this one is a good slice of life.

I'd be curious to compare his 1950s experience to that of modern freelancers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randolph Scott on May 23, 2014
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The Trouble With Gumballs offers up characters as colorful and appealing as its subject. Set in a time when flim-flam was still a surprise, and a good time could be had for a penny, it takes a good humored look at the basics of business and the joy of making an honest sale. The author's willingness to believe in a dream lands him in one tough spot after another but his indomitable spirit carries the day. Appropriate for entrepreneurs age 8 to 108.
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The Trouble with Gumballs by James Nelson is a must-read for anyone who thinks they want to go into business for themselves.
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