Cardboard Gods is the memoir of Josh Wilker, a writer who has marked the stages of his life through the baseball cards he collected as a child. While it is rooted in a life obsessed with baseball, Cardboard Gods is much more than just a baseball book, it's a touching family saga that perfectly captures an era, the late 1970s. Like Nick Hornby or Chuck Klosterman, Wilker finds something very large in the seemingly small.
Josh expertly shares his classic observations about his central artifacts, the baseball cards, while setting up the poignant tales of his youth. He uses the magical bubble-blowing powers of journeyman Kurt Bevacqua to shed light on the weakening of the powerful childhood bond with his older brother; he considers the doomed utopian back-to-the-land dreams of his hippie parents against the backdrop of inimitable 1970s baseball figures such as "Designated Pinch Runner" Herb Washington and Mark "The Bird" Fidrych; he writes about an imagined correspondence with his favorite player, Carl Yastrzemski.
To purchase a copy of the book:
Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards
Saturday, July 10
The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
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