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Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told through Baseball Cards
     

Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told through Baseball Cards

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by Josh Wilker
 

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Cardboard Gods is the memoir of Josh Wilker, a brilliant writer who has marked the stages of his life through the baseball cards he collected as a child. It also captures the experience of growing up obsessed with baseball cards and explores what it means to be a fan of the game. Along the way, as we get to know Josh, his family, and his friends, we also get Josh's

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Cardboard Gods is the memoir of Josh Wilker, a brilliant writer who has marked the stages of his life through the baseball cards he collected as a child. It also captures the experience of growing up obsessed with baseball cards and explores what it means to be a fan of the game. Along the way, as we get to know Josh, his family, and his friends, we also get Josh's classic observations about the central artifacts from his life—the baseball cards themselves. Josh writes about an imagined correspondence with his favorite player, Carl Yastrzemski; 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. Cardboard Gods is more than just the story of a man who can't let go of his past, it's proof that—to paraphrase Jim Bouton—as children we grow up holding baseball cards but in the end we realize that it's really the other way around.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441768636
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
08/15/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
6
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

JOSH WILKER writes about his life and childhood baseball cards at cardboardgods.net. He has an MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College and is a winner of the Howard Frank Mosher Prize for Short Fiction. He lives in Chicago.

JIM MESKIMEN is a stage, film, and television actor who has appeared in many well- known movies and television shows. He acted in Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon for director Ron Howard, both of which were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. His television appearances include Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Lie to Me, Criminal Minds, and Parks & Recreation. Jim is also a painter and audiobook director for Galaxy Audio, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Tamra Meskimen.

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