Josh Wilker will discuss his new book, Cardboard Gods: An All-Amercan Tale Told Through Baseball Cards. Cardboard Gods is the memoir of a writer who has marked the stages of his life through the baseball cards he collected as a child. Josh writes about an imagined correspondence with his favorite player, Carl Yastrzemski; he uses the magical bubble-blowing powers of journeyman Kurt Bevacqua to shed light on the weakening of the powerful childhood bond with his older brother; he considers the doomed utopian back-to-the-land dreams of his hippie parents against the backdrop of inimitable 1970s baseball figures such as "Designated Pinch Runner" Herb Washington and Mark "The Bird" Fidrych. This book captures the experience of growing up obsessed with baseball cards and explores what it means to be a fan of the game. (phoenixbooksvt)
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