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Wrigleyworld: A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In Chicago, the Cubs are a source of hope and heartbreak, not having won a World Series in almost 100 years. But for Cubs fans, "never say die" is a way of life. And Kevin Kaduk is no exception-so much so that in a fit of loyalty to his "Lovable Losers," he quit his job as a sportswriter in Kansas City and moved back to the Windy City on a quest to find the heart and soul...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by NAL Hardcover
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Michael Frazier
Gather ‘round and I shall regale you with a tale about a little place on the north side of Chicago. She’s one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever laid eyes on… that is, if you can get over the smell of urine and stale Old Style running through the bleachers.

There isn’t much more to be said about beautiful Wrigley Field that history’s greatest columnists, authors and politicians haven’t already mentioned. “Wrigleyworld” isn’t your conventional “hey I wrote a book about the Cubbies” literary...more
Gregory O'Neill
I read Wrigleyworld by Kevin Kaduk on a flight to Belgium. Boy, was that the fastest flight to Europe I've ever had. His book is positioned right at the intersection of the variant disciplines of writing for books in long form and writing for a blog in short form entries. He basically quit his job as a sportswriter in Kansas to go home to Chicago and follow the 2005 season. It wasn't a prosperous season for the Cubs, but he found a way to make the every day goings on at Wrigley seem extraordinar...more
Mickey Mantle
This is an absolute truthful portrayal of the whole atmosphere surrounding the phenomenon that is the Chicago Cubs and the area that has gentrified into a Summer playpen.
It is an absolute joy to read, and I am sure fans in other areas of the Nation still can not comprehend what all this hoopla is all about.
Certain books give the reader an absolute feel for what transpires in some facet of the world where they may never go or have little desire to experience....upon reading a book such as this, s...more
If you're not a Cubs fan, don't read this book. You'll hate it. Even if you are a Cubs fan, I would be wary. The writer is immature and thinks he's witty, but really is far from it. He bemoans the fact Wrigleyville is such a party place, yet he chronicles just about every drink he had over the summer of 2005. Plus, he's a Cubs fan who says he likes the White Sox. That's like liking both the Yankees and the Red Sox; people like that can never be trusted.
But all in all, as a Cubs fan, it was a qui...more
I wanted to like this book so bad, but the book fell flat. Unlike other successful guinea pig tales, I never found myself liking the author or caring one iota about him or his life. He seemed entirely distant about everything, except for the Cubs. I did enjoy the many characters he introduced, but would have liked him to introduce himself in the process. The only commonality I found with him was watching him fulfill one of my life's ambitions. His feeling about the White Sox also did nothing but...more
A fairly accurate book on living in Wrigleyville during the summer. Perhaps sadly accurate, as the author was unemployed for the entire summer. The biggest problem with the book is that the author picked a season where nothing happened in regards to the Cub team. 2005 was a pretty tame year where the Cubs finished under .500. Several of the more exciting instances on the field were skipped over to describe how much alcohol was drank instead. Which, in a way, makes it more accurate.
See, everyone's talking about this book from the perspective of being a Cubs fan. To me, this isn't a book about the Cubs. This book isn't about the Cubs any more than Gatsby is about the 1920s. This is a book about Chicago. And as a born and bred Chicagoan, displaced in Philly, this book made me homesick. Loved it.
This is a great book by a young sportswriter who quit his job to spend a whole season in wrigleyville. Great read for a Cubs fan. I've read it twice and it never gets old. Not a baseball book, talks more about the experience.
To all the baseball fans out there read this book!!! A fun and humorous look into the world that surrounds the Chicago Cubs and the neighborhood the stadium is in.
A great foray into the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley. Any baseball fan, regardless of what team you cheer for, should read this book.
Great book especially since just moved to Chicago / wrigleyville very cool to read about all the bars / players.
Lindsay Eanet
Worth a read if you're a Cubs fan, a Chicagoan or just interested in the way neighborhoods and local cultures evolve.
Micilin O'donaghue
a *must* read during my summer in wrigleyworld! i picked up the lingo and some interesting cubs trivia.
Rob Harris
As a Cubs fan, it gets no better than this.
A must read for any true Cubs fan
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