Back Alley Reporter

Back Alley Reporter

by Mike McCardell


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Back Alley Reporter , McCardell's follow-up to his bestselling memoir Chasing the Story God , is a charming collection of anecdotes, full of "un-put-downable" fun for anybody who enjoys a well-turned yarn.

Mike McCardell is known to thousands in British Columbia as the friendly, somewhat tousled gent who appears most evenings at the close of BCTV News on Global. His tongue in-cheek investigations of such weighty matters as a shoe abandoned in a downtown intersection have made him one of the most recognizable faces on West Coast television.

Back Alley Reporter includes more than sixty delightful and lighthearted stories guaranteed to put a smile on every reader's face. Wherever he goes and no matter what he's doing, McCardell finds magic in the ordinary—whether he's trying to save his garden by hunting for leaf-eating beetles in his own backyard, contemplating the creation of a new holiday ("Garbage Day") or musing on the lost art of washing dishes.

So take a tour down the back alley with McCardell and meet a number of intriguing characters along the way: Tom, a genius who became a professional beggar; Abe, an old-time bookie who only took bets on the neighbourhood stickball or school track teams; and Lorenzo, who has never broken a New Year's resolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550174809
Publisher: Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date: 03/06/2009
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mike McCardell has earned the loyalty of hundreds of thousands of fans for his investigative reporting and human-interest stories. He is the author of the bestselling essay collections Unlikely Love Stories , Here's Mike , Chasing the Story God , Back Alley Reporter , Getting to the Bubble , The Expanded Reilly Method , The Blue Flames That Keep Us Warm and Everything Works , the local history book Haunting Vancouver and the memoir Cardboard Ocean.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

The Swimming Hole 13

Special Effects 21

Sex and Basketball 27

The Asphalt Gridiron 37

The Stakeout 40

Laundry Room Lessons 46

Truck Watching 49

Ghost Fighters 52

Showdown on the Asphalt 57

A Wet Slap in the Face 60

One-Cent Jos? 65

The Man Who Loved Worms 68

Unforgettable Fashion 72

Picking Up the Pails 75

Cupid Pushed the Pedals 78

Hunting for Submarines 83

The Deli 86

Sewer Fishing 88

The Rescue Mission 94

Party Animals 98

A Razor at the Throat 105

The Bookie 107

The Rock 111

Stumpy 114

The Little Red Stocking 117

Granny 121

Crash Landing 124

The Gutter Navy 127

First Kiss 130

A Little Art 133

Blowing Out the Candles 135

Dying 138

Christmas Mournings 141

Burning Ashes 144

The Unfinished Story 147

Toys Were Us 153

The Perfect Garden 156

War of the Pond 158

The Portable Backyard 163

Garden Trimmings 168

Tribute to a Weed 172

Sleep Tight, Little Friends 174

The Beetle Battle 176

Weed Tree 180

Under Canvas in Paradise 186

A Restful Weekend at a Cabin in the Woods 190

A Short Drive into the Past 195

Library Tax 197

Travels With Mack 200

Hurry Up, We're Late 203

Thirsting for a Living 207

The Finish Line 210

Water Works 216

Spitting Image 220

Canned Laughter 223

The Lake That Got Away 226

The Old Man and the Flounder 229

Sailing on Como Lake 232

Women, Worms and Prejudice 236

A Quiet Road 239

The Rabbits of Boundary Road 242

Gather Around the Can 245

Beggar, Thief or Artist 248

The Envelope, Please 252

The Clown and the Cake 255

The Truth About America 258

Tips From a Shark 261

Just a Little Strip of Paint 264

Paper Profits 267

The Magic of Moving Pictures 270

Playing the Odds 272

The Terrible Teapot 276

Want to Make a Million Bucks-Guaranteed? 279

A Whistler Kind of Guy 282

Afterword: The Seat of Higher Learning 285

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Back Alley Reporter 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His stories are goofy and a lot unbelievable. The chapter title "The Truth About America" is a true insult to all Americans. Do not waste your money purchasing this book.