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.
Even though this story takes place in the 1950's , early 1960's it really holds true for today's con men plastic machine route sellers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William D. Ratchford
This book seems to be marketed as a classic. I don't get it. The narrator makes a series of poor choices and lives with the results, while complaining. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you ever looked for a job and started by reading the classified ads, you will enjoy this book. The writer keeps you interested on every page.Published 7 months ago by Philip J. Winn
It's an autobiography of a gumball machine vendor in the 1950's. Funny , well-written and never dull. SPOILER ALERT: Don't get in the vending machine business.Published 7 months ago by Brandon Jepson
I enjoyed this travel memoir immensely. It is well written and you really come to care for Nelson. Very warm, lively, vivid and funny. Five stars!Published 11 months ago by Laura L. Harrison
Hilarious and totally entertaining.
If you've ever been in outside sales, you'll recognize some of your customers. Read more
A sweet slice of life in California
Many years ago. Good for all ages!
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