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"A baseball-loving loner deciphers his complicated childhood through his old box of trading cards. . . . Wilker's book is as nostalgically intoxicating as the gum that sweetened his card-collecting youth. [Grade:] A" --Entertainment Weekly
"Unforgettable . . . it summons time and place and nostalgia in a rush of feeling and memory. In Wilker's hands, a pack of baseball cards becomes a Gen-X tarot deck, as if arranging them just so can unlock life's secrets. . . ."--Ted Anthony, Associated Press
Cardboard Gods is a worthy descendant of (Frederick Exley's) A Fan's Notes in showing that when it comes to sportswriting, what the games mean to its fans is often more interesting than the games themselves."--New York Times Bats Blog
"Wilker uses these frayed, sugar-scented relics of pre-Facebook kid culture as a means to understanding just what happened to him and his fractured family during the '70s--and in doing so, he pays tribute to that lost decade's zany awesomeness." --AOL's Asylum.com
“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
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If Tarot cards can divine the future, Josh Wilker has learned to decipher the past through baseball cards. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stephen Siciliano
This has risen to the status of being one of my favorite books published during my lifetime. Wilker is an incredibly talented writer and this book, with its quirky 70s family saga,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Quadrino
This is an all around excellent book. It should resonate with any fan of baseball.Published 7 months ago by Mark Krikorian
Chances are just about any boy (and many girls) can relate to some aspect of this hilarious coming of age memoir. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Horace Cope
I was very hopeful that this book would be a revelation. The concept sounded highly appealing and I believe the author did a superb job of coming up with a way to connect the cards... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Luke
I bought this for my dad, who's a huge baseball fan and has collected cards for years, and he seems really tickled with it, so far. I bet other fans would really enjoy it, too!Published 18 months ago by Marty Byerley
I really like how the other disclosed his personal experiences and growing up to us. I could relate to his experience with certain cards even. The Billy Ripken error card! Read morePublished 20 months ago by thaknowledgehustla
If you have ever collected baseball cards, you'll want to make this a sure read. Learn a little more about some of those players of the past.Published on April 2, 2013 by D. Stotler
Some very funny / in-depth looks at the cards; but the life story narrative seemed to stray farther from the cards as the book went onPublished on July 16, 2012 by j