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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: JV Enterprises (August 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615386938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615386935
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Toni D. Miller on December 13, 2010
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I downloaded and read this on my kindle in one day. If you were ever a kid you will love these stories of growing up in the 70's. It is amazing that Johnny survived his childhood. His book is a collection of stories that are so well written you can smell the hot asphalt and burning rubber. I am going to read it again soon because I love to laugh and this book brought back so many happy times from my own childhood.
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I've been a happy blog follower of Johnny Virgil's for years - in fact his blog is the only blog I follow since I'm generally not that interested in people I don't know. But someone sent me his JC Penney post, and I've been hooked ever since. This book is so funny, that like his blog entries, it's worth reading again and again. There are some things that make me laugh until I cry every single time, such as "Stench, Flies, and Animal Crackers." I do wonder how JV and his brothers made it to adulthood, but the world is a better place for it. And I hope my son (just 18 months right now) never tries any of the things in the book.
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Remember when kids used to play outside?
I'm a baby-boomer so Johnny Virgil's childhood memories reminds me of things my brother and I used to do. This book will bring back great memories of what it was like as a kid when it was (fairly) safe to be outside.
Everyone will enjoy this book but it is a great choice for someone hard to buy for or someone who doesn't normally read much of anything. Not a great choice for a boy between 7 and 14 - it will give them too many dangerous ideas.
You see how a kid's mind works in the adventures that Johnny and his brothers and friends plot. In some of these adventures, you'll be amazed that everyone survived and weren't horribly mutilated. Johnny was either really, really lucky or some kind of kid superbeing. (Not a super-Hero because some of his ideas were pretty evil).
Johnny's stories are hysterically funny and well-written. You feel you are part of his gang of neighborhood punks ranging around suburbs looking for things to mess around with.
If Johnny and his wife plan to have any kids, the kid will get away with nothing. Johnny did it all as a kid and lived to remember it.
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While reading this book at my local Starbucks, I was asked by no less than 5 people, "What are you reading? And where can I get it?" I was laughing so hard and so often, I thought sure I'd be shushed...Instead, everyone wanted in on my good time...Buy this book...It's funny...It's well written...It's a must have for sure...I just purchased four more to share this Christmas...
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I've been following the 15 Minute Lunch blog for a gazillion years, so when the book came out I just had to get it. This was the first book in a long time that I was able to just sit down and read for hours. The stories are a great window into what life was like growing up in the 70's. I haven't had a good laugh like this in awhile! Great price and great entertainment. Highly recommend!
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Im a girl... who also grew up in the 60's & 70's. We also had "The Woods" and parents like this, and a grandma that we sometimes refered to as "Granny Grunt" (to funny)... This book is worth the read, its funny and so true to anyone who grew up with this kind of freedom, and also entertaining for anyone who missed-out on the old freedom we had. You can truely envision every detail of the kid's adventures! A+
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This was a stroll down memory lane if you grew up in the 70's. Even though I was a sister to an only brother, I could still relate and laugh at the stories.

I read this on my Kindle and then ordered the paperback so my husband can read it. Sorry, I don't share my Kindle!
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The Snitch, Houdini and Me is not your typical childhood nostalgia memoir. Granted, Johnny Virgil seems to take inspiration from notables in that genre such as Jean Shepard, but Virgil chooses to keep it real. No glossing over the things that kids REALLY did back then in this book. Growing up in the suburbs in the 70s, or in any era, involved some less-than-ideal activities for most of us, including setting up our younger siblings for trouble, driving too fast, blowing things up, pulling crazy stunts on bikes, experimenting with alcohol, sneaking around behind our parents' backs and the like. This collection includes a good mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly, which makes it, in my opinion at least, a very accurate reflection of what it was like to be a kid in that time and place, for better or worse. Plus, it is laugh out loud funny.

Few books have been able to trigger the number of fond and/or cringe-inducing memories from my own period of growing up in the suburban 70s as The Snitch, Houdini and Me. I'd highly recommend this book, and Johnny's 15 Minute Lunch blog at [...].
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