Wait Till Next Year

Wait Till Next Year

A Memoir

eBook - 1997
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By the award-winning author of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit , Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin's touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball.

Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans.

We meet the people who most influenced Goodwin's early life: her mother, who taught her the joy of books but whose debilitating illness left her housebound: and her father, who taught her the joy of baseball and to root for the Dodgers of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Gil Hodges. Most important, Goodwin describes with eloquence how the Dodgers' leaving Brooklyn in 1957, and the death of her mother soon after, marked both the end of an era and, for her, the end of childhood.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, c1997
Characteristics: 1 online resource (261 p.) : ill
ISBN: 9781439188583 : $16.99
1439188580 : $16.99


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Apr 09, 2009

A charming memoir about growing up a fan of the perpetual underdog Brooklyn Dodgers, by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Although ostensibly about Brooklyn neighbourhoods, baseball and her relationship with her father, her story is told in the broader context of the civil rights movement and McCarthyism. A very entertaining and insightful look at America in 1950s.


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HELEN M. ZSUTTY Jul 08, 2011

A wonderful memoir about the author's childhood in the 1950's. She lived in Rockville Centre on the South Shore of Long Island, New York.

Her father was born in Brooklyn and was an avid Dodger's fan. As a young girl, Doris Kearns became a huge fan of the Dodgers and of baseball. Her poignant and entertaining memories of that time are very skillfully presented, so that you can imagine yourself being transported back to an era that seemed so much more innocent that today.

Besides her stories about baseball, she also writes about her mother who had serious health problems, the McCarthy era and the beginning of desegregation.

I especially loved her descriptions of her neighborhood and the different family run businesses which seemed to her to be an extension of her own family. It reminded me of my own childhood in the 50's.

I would definitely recommend this book to all ages; even those who are not baseball fans.


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Feb 13, 2014

"They've lost the first game." said doubt. "It looks bad. They're going to lose the Series again, just as they always have."

"It's only one game," countered hope, "and it was in Yankee Stadium. It was a close game, they played well. Tomorrow is another day."


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