I won’t lie, I’m a giant fan of the blog that was the precursor to the book, but here’s a short review of it.
Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards by Josh Wilker is a memoir written by a blogger turned author, using baseball cards he collected as a youth.
While many bloggers that have gone on to write books have simply regurgitated their blogs, the Cardboard Gods memoir is original content, separate from his regular blog by the same name. The book itself is great. Anyone with a passing interest and understanding of baseball will enjoy this book. Anyone who has an older sibling, perhaps a step dad or even came from a single parent home. His upbringing isn’t your typical All-American Tale, but I guess in that sense anyone who didn’t have an All-American childhood will be able to relate. Which means we can all relate!
His descriptive way of how a person brings home a pack of baseball cards was incredible, because anyone who can remember their card collecting days will recall the anticipation of acquiring a card of Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds(ha, how things have changed.).
So, it’s a great memoir with a baseball setting, but I wouldn’t call it a straight up baseball book. It’s a great summer read. 5 out of 5 stars.