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Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told through Baseball Cards (Library Edition) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Josh Wilker , Jim Meskimen
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Editorial Reviews


Josh Wilker writes as beautifully about baseball and life as anyone ever has. --Rob Neyer, ESPN

Cardboard Gods is more than just a book. It is something that I lived and live still. I was the older brother. I live on Route 14 like Josh once did. My two sons were those boys in the picture, VW bus and all. Cardboard Gods awakened feelings in me that I have long suppressed. It is a growth book, like Catcher in the Rye. People, especially people who love baseball, will carry this book with them everywhere. --Bill Lee, bestselling author of The Wrong Stuff, Red Sox legend, baseball bat entrepreneur


“Poignant and vivid . . . If you love the writing of Dave Eggers or Augusten Burroughs, you just may love Cardboard Gods, too. I did.” —Wally Lamb, author of The Hour I First Believed
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

JOSH WILKER writes about his life and childhood baseball cards at 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.

From AudioFile

Using the unlikely device of his childhood collection of baseball cards as a series of metaphors, Josh Wilker recounts his life growing up in a changing America. Narrator Jim Meskimen lends a likable credibility to the story, which began as a blog on the joys of baseball and its players. Wilker particularly delights in talking about little-known facts relating to lesser-known players from the 1970s and 1980s. The skillful part comes when he blends the world of baseball cards with his own successes and failures in coming-of-age, including his growing estrangement from his family. Meskimen's breezy, conversational style makes listeners feel Wilker's enthusiasms--from the heady delights of opening up a new packet of baseball cards in childhood to the delightful memories associated with them decades later. M.S. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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