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Author: W. P. Kinsella Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781470828028

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Set in the small towns, ball fields, barns, and bedrooms of Alberta, Canada, and populated by some of the quirkiest, rowdiest, hottest-blooded folks in fiction, Box Socials paints a brilliantly comic, full-color portrait of North American life in the 1940s.

Here is the story of how “Truckbox Al McClintock, a small-town greaser whose claim to fame was hitting a baseball clean across the Pembina River, almost got a tryout with the genuine St. Louis Cardinals—but instead ended up batting against Bob Feller of Cleveland Indian fame in Renfrew Park, Edmonton, Alberta.

Along the way to Al’s moment of truth at the plate, we learn about the bizarre, touchingly hilarious lives and loves of just about anyone who ever passed through New Oslo, Fark, or Venusberg.

Full of the crackle of down-home folk tales, by turns randy, riveting, and heartbreaking, Box Socials is the triumph of Kinsella’s career.

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  • “Wonderful…Charming and funny…If you’ve never been to a box social, go to this one.”

    - Fannie Flagg, New York Times Book Review
  • “A story filled with nostalgia about a time when the game was played on real grass and was called on account of darkness…A down-home style that resembles the humorous voice of Garrison Keillor.”

    - New York Times
  • “A nostalgic look at a way of life long dead, it is best read aloud to be appreciated…Strongly recommended.”

    - Library Journal
  • “A whimsical portrait of 1940s-era small-town life, crowded with everything from owl-calling contests to raucous, five-day Ukranian weddings. It’s a delightful comic ramble, written in quirky, digressive style…Richly textured.”

    - Los Angeles Times
  • “A sweeping comic work…Welcome to the seductively poetic fictional world of W. P. Kinsella.”

    - People
  • “Kinsella…evokes the atmosphere of small-town ball fields and other aspects of rural life in this colorful, comic reminiscence of multiethnic farm society in Depression-era Canada…Jamie’s teenage memories poke gentle fun at small-town society and at adulthood itself while still celebrating his coming-of-age.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “[Gardner’s] narration conveys a sense that he enjoys talking about the characters as much as Kinsella enjoyed inventing them.” 

    - Kliatt
  • “Gives good insight into the history of a specific area of North America during the time of mass European immigration and societal integration.”

    - School Library Journal
  • “Nostalgia and lust are the appeals here, as if Garrison Keillor had gone randy. Bound to be popular.”

    - Kirkus Reviews


  • Stephen Leacock Award

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another great summer read about minor league baseball and those who play the game and follow the minor leagues. Small town America is at the core of this great book. "

    - Dick, 9/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Most people are more familiar with Kinsella's book Shoeless Joe, which the movie "Field of Dreams" was based on, but I prefer Box Socials. In fact, it is probably one of my favorite books of all time. "

    - Heather, 8/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a great book. Modern poetry. Fun read. "

    - Jim, 12/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Thought this might get me in the mood for moving to Alberta but not so sure. Very similar style to Garrison Keillor but a little more depressing, at least in terms of the miserable life most people had during the Depression. No wonder people moved away as often as they came to the province. "

    - Paul, 12/11/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Reading this book is like sitting on the bank of a big lazy river on a summer afternoon. As I was reading, I kept hearing Garrison Keeler's voice reciting the words. "

    - Daryl, 10/3/2012

About the Author

W. P. Kinsella, recipient of a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, is the author of numerous novels and highly acclaimed short-story collections. In 1993 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, their highest civilian honor. He currently lives in Yale, British Columbia, with his wife, Barbara.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.