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Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir

A book by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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My favorite book ever!

  • Dec 30, 1999
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Pros: wonderfully written, fabulous book

Cons: it ends

Last fall, I would read "Wait Till Next Year" every morning while eating breakfast. I didn't want to put it down. As a result, I had to rush to catch the bus. When the book ended (entirely too soon!) I felt a void in my life.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a fantastic historian. Her other works include books on FDR, JFK, and other important figures of our time. In "Wait Till Next Year," she turns her attention to HER OWN history, and the result is a fascinating, moving, compelling memoir of her childhood in Rockville Center, NY (on Long Island). Her detailed writing style made me feel as if I were living her life. The anecdotes in this book are so interesting that I feel as if I experienced them along with the author. But the great thing about Doris Kearns Goodwin's writing style is that she never goes into SO MUCH detail that the reader is bored.

While a substantial part of the book focuses on baseball and the author's love of the Brooklyn Dodgers, you do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book. Baseball forms the basis of her relationship with her father and is, along with Catholicism, the most important force in her life.

This wonderful book will make you laugh, smile, and cry. Everyone should read it.


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review by . March 23, 2006
Doris Kearns Goodwin took a break from national history to get personal in this 1997 memoir of her experiences growing up a Long Island girl in the 1940s and 1950s rooting for the hard-luck Brooklyn Dodgers. Like Bob and Ray used to say, her loss is your gain.    I admit approaching this book with some trepidation. Clearly the book was inspired by Goodwin's participation as one of many talking pinheads on Ken Burns' self-important 1994 TV documentary "Baseball." On that show, …
review by . January 27, 2003
There isn't much of a plot to "Wait Till Next Year"--Brooklyn girl and rabid Dodger fan grows up very Catholic in the late '40s and early '50s, while her mother slowly wastes away and dies. The title is a catch phrase that Brooklyn Dodgers fans used over and over again when their team was eliminated from the pennant race for yet another year. Dodgers trivia jostles against family history, and wonderful set-pieces on, for instance what it was like to own the first television on the block.If you were …
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When historian Goodwin was six years old, her father taught her how to keep score for "their" team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. While this activity forged a lifelong bond between father and daughter, her mother formed an equally strong relationship with her through the shared love of reading. Goodwin recounts some wonderful stories in this coming-of-age tale about both her family and an era when baseball truly was the national pastime that brought whole communities together. From details of specific games to descriptions of players, including Jackie Robinson, a great deal of the narrative centers around the sport. Between games and seasons, Goodwin relates the impact of pivotal historical events, such as the Rosenberg trial. Her end of innocence follows with the destruction of Ebbets Field, her mother's death, and her father's lapse into despair. Goodwin gives listeners reason to consider what each of us has retained of our childhood passions. A poignant but unsentimental journey for all adults and, of course, especially for baseball fans.?Jeanne P. Leader, Everett Community Coll., Wash.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to theAudio Cassetteedition.
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ISBN-10: 0684847957
ISBN-13: 978-0684847955
Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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