By Josh Wilker
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781616200695, 243pp.)
Publication Date: March 2011
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Wilker shares his heartbreakingly comic childhood, set adrift by hippie parents harboring utopian dreams, anchored by brotherly love, and buoyed by an obsession with our national pastime. In pitch-perfect prose, Wilker tells his unconventional story through the cards he collected, whose full-color images of Mark The Bird Fidrych, Tom Seaver, Wade Boggs, and many lesser-known players open each chapter and become the means for expressing all the fears, hopes, bewilderment, passions, and dreams of childhood. "Cardboard Gods "announces the arrival of a talented new voice in the stadium of big-league memoirs.