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Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker
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Jul 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, sports

When I've described this book to a couple of friends, you can tell they think it sounds uninteresting -- a memoir where each chapter takes its inspiration from one of the author's childhood baseball cards? Doesn't that get cheesy? Or repetitive? Or too focused on baseball?
I didn't find that it did. Over the course of the book, I really began to become engrossed in the often-sad story of Wilker and his unorthodox family -- and the mood of sadness and confusion and muted hope that hung over his life. I have a strong image of the author and his brother finding relief from a confusing life by rooting as hard as possible for Yaz.
Some of my favorite baseball writers have been touting Wilker for some time. I'm glad I took the recommendation and read this thoughtful, funny, bittersweet book.

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