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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451220374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451220370
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,013,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Wrigleyville is the popular name for Lake View, the neighborhood where the Chicago Cubs have played baseball at storied Wrigley Field for almost 100 years. But readers won't learn much about Lake View or the Cubs in this tedious, smug account of how Kaduk, only four years out of college, quit a sportswriting job at the Kansas City Star—resenting the "dues-paying tactics" of covering prep sports—and moved to Wrigleyville for the 2005 season. Kaduk's focus is on "what it means to be a twenty-something baseball fan" in "one of the top party spots in the nation." To bolster this arguable assertion, he attends 62 of the Cubs' 81 home games, providing game-by-game descriptions of where he drinks, the kind and number of the drinks he has, the drunks he drinks with and hackneyed sportswriting ("a three-run dinger to left"). While Kaduk sneers at the "privileged" yuppies who live in the neighborhood, his stories reveal nothing beyond the fact that hanging out near Wrigley Field "provides a college lifestyle for as long as anyone wants to live it," making his choice of what he claims "countless others had surely dreamed of doing" instead of working ("It really isn't for me") rather juvenile. (Apr.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

...Wrigleyworld is guaranteed to put the phenomenon of Cubs baseball in perspective -- Wright Thompson, the Kansas City Star and ESPN: The Magazine

...Kevin's year spent in Wrigleyville touches on what it means to be a Cubs fan... -- The Kansas City Star

...[F]inally, a young man has written a young man's baseball book. -- Chris Jones, Esquire magazine

Wrigleyworld is young Kevin Kaduk's barbaric, giddy, frenzied Old-Style salute to that glorious Kingdom of Cub. -- Rick Telander, sports columnist, Chicago Sun-Times

Wrigleyworld manages the rare trick of making you want to... enter the...realm of suffering only Cubs fans truly understand. -- Mike Vacarro, author, Emperors and Idiots: The Hundred-Year Rivalry of the Yankees and Red Sox, From the Very Beginning to the End of the Curse

Wrigleyworld paints a fresh and vivid portrait of Wrigleyville and what it's really like to be a Cub fan. -- Len Kasper, WGN Television

Funny, observational and...such a great idea...that I'm actually kind of mad at him for thinking of it first. -- Will Leitch, author, Catch, and editor of Deadspin.com

In Wrigleyworld you get front row seats to the non-stop carnival of the Cubs... -- Andy Dolan, desipio.com

Kevin writes about the vibrant, block-party atmosphere like no one else I know. His love for...Chicago is unmistakable. -- Mike Holbrook, managing editor, Pro Football Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

I read the book and absolutly loved it.
Michael J. OConnell
I am local, so I could not put the book down.....Kevin Kaduk lives a Cub Fans' dream.....and the White Sox win the World Series that year!!!!
Mickey Mantle
Obviously, we are not all like him but this guy writing a book about a whole lot of people like him makes me cry big ole croc tears.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Levin on April 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Growing up in Chicago, this book brought back memories of a wonderful childhood. It also made me very homesick. Kevin Kaduk did what we all wish we could do, tell our boss to stick it and live, eat, drink Cubs baseball in Wrigleyville for an entire season. Too bad the Cubs didn't cooperate. For all fans of baseball this is a must read. You don't have to be a Cubs fan or from Chicago, but it definitely makes it more entertaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cub Fan on April 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wrigleyworld paints a vivid picture of life in and around Wrigley Field. I didn't realize how vivid until I sat at my first game this season, throwing back an Old Style, surveying the field and remembering parts of his book. I'm a life-long Cubs fan and Kaduk was still able to teach me a little something about the team I love and its history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Alter on April 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kaduk did what so many of us dream of -- quitting our jobs and following our favorite team for a summer. And he did it in baseball's best neighborhood, which helps make this book entertaining and colorful.

Lots of great anecdotes and insights into the whole Wrigleyville mystique. The book's a winner, even if the Cubs aren't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Winslow Bunny on January 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Kevin Kaduk writes an entertaining book about the characters, locales, local heroes and game-day hijinks of a season of Chicago Cubs baseball games. He sets out to watch each game and drink up the atmosphere of the neighborhood, along with as much spirits as possible, and doesn't quite see every game, but with a few exceptions, the games that he does miss form interesting stories anyway (i.e., spending time with the ballhawks of Waveland and Sheffield). If I have one fault to post about the book, it is a small and slightly unfair one: he spends an awful lot of time talking about his drinking and dealing with scalpers. This may be considered an unfair complaint, though, because he states at the beginning that he's going to get his tickets on a day-by-day basis, meaning dealing with scalpers, and he planned to drink a lot, too, so he does warn all that this is how he will proceed during the season. See also "Cub Nation," which was a slightly more enjoyable book with a similar pretense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mickey Mantle on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a White Sox Fan, who resides 8 blocks from the Wrigley "Shrine" and attends games there, this book is

the ultimate read for anyone trying to figure out the 'Cub Fan Culture' surrounding the team, ballpark and neighborhood.

I am local, so I could not put the book down.....Kevin Kaduk lives a Cub Fans' dream.....and the White Sox win the World Series that year!!!!

IRONY....OR FATE?????

This book is really a blast and an easy read....A Sox fan gives this 5 Stars!!!!!

This will make the 10 or 11 folks in this country who have not been to a game at Wrigley want to come!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bring It on April 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book to read a day in the life, or season, of being a Cub fan and living in Wrigleyville. As well as get fired up for the 06 season. Enjoyed the story, characters, tid bits of the neighborhood as well as the players and the game. More of a cultural piece of living the life of a hard core basball fan in a great neighborhood. Reminds me a little of "I am Charlotte Simmons" in its detail of post college life in Chicago and rooting for the Cubs. Enjoyable easy read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By By Mark Braun VINE VOICE on April 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Gotta tell ya that if anyone ever hit upon the feel of living in Wrigleyville, Kaduk did it. Baseball culture caught perfectly. Somewhere between Ronnie Woo Woo and Nuts on Clark, this is required to understand us here around Addison Avenue.

-Mark Braun

Executive Director

Old Timers' Baseball Association of Chicago
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd W. Eggert on April 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kevin Kaduk writes about what all of us can't or don't want to remember about living in Wrigleyville, home of the Chicago Cubs. Young but wise, Kevin describes every Bud Light along the long and drawnout 2005 season. Get this book if you have lived or ever dreamed of living in Wrigleyville. You will relate either way.
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