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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.

Topics: Sports

Published: Simon & Schuster on Nov 24, 2009
ISBN: 9781439188583
List price: $13.99
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An excellent memoir of a girl who was a Brooklyn Dodger fan in the late 1940s and early 1950s. My brother was a Dodger fan. I was a Yankee fan. I went to one game at Ebbets Field, but quite a few games at Yankee Stadium.read more
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Doris Kearns Goodwin was born a couple years before I was and so her memoir of growing up in the 1950s brought much nostalgia to my mind. Her neighborhood in Brooklyn was both very different, and a bit the same, as my neighborhood in Seattle. My family moved away and I lost this idyllic neighborhood when I was very young; DKG did not move from hers until high school so she has many good stories to tell. Central to her story was her, and her father's, indeed her whole family's, devotion to the Brooklyn Dodgers during the golden years of baseball. Even I, in far away Seattle, knew the names of the wonderful baseball teams and stars. It was a great time to be a kid and she does a superior job of evoking the magic of summer evenings, playing all day long with the neighborhood gang, enjoying long and deep friendships, and going to the beach; all this before TV took our family homes and closed the doors to the outside.read more
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She grew up a Dodger fan in Brooklyn in the 1950s. the book brought back many memories for me of that period -- the safety of neighborhoods, freedom of childhood along with HUAC, the Bomb, the McCarthy hearings and more.read more
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Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, this is Goodwin's touching memoir of growing up in love with her family ad baseball. She 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. Goodwin is a great writer - I enjoyed reading about the 1950s - but I got a little tired of all the baseball stories.read more
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Baseball season is here! Doris Kearns Goodwin takes a nostalgic look at growing up in the ‘50s and her devotion to the Brooklyn Dodgers. If you are disgusted by steroids and multi-million dollar contracts, this book will take you back to the glory days of baseball. Reviewed by: Sandyread more
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There's something to be said for spending three hours in the dentist's chair. While you wait, you can read. I read this book. Between the bus and the dentist I finished it in a day.Wow! What a book! Goodwin writes of her childhood through the prism of a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. Growing up in Rockville Centre, one cheered for the Dodgers, or the Yankees, or the Giants. When the Giants & the Dodgers battled for the pennant, or the Dodgers battled the Yankees in the World Series, you cheered for your team, but you kept your friends who were rooting for the other team.Goodwin learned at age six how to keep score. She keeps score in this book, the score of her love of baseball, of growing up in '50s suburbia, of a childhood touched by the public traumas of McCarthyism, the Rosenberg trial, the Korean War, and the private trauma of her mother's illness. Every year is marked by the Dodgers' winning, or (more often) losing. Their games are the landmarks by which she marks her youth.The things she loved: baseball, her family, her friends, her neighborhood, and reading. When she first learns to read, "I insisted on reading every sign and billboard along the way. 'Why are you doing this?' Elaine asked. 'Oh, you'll understand someday,' I replied. 'Once you start reading, you can never stop' " How true.Goodwin is a marvelous writer. It may be that, because she is only six years my senior, I related to much of her experience. It may be that because the cry of "Wait Till Next Year" is heard in Chicago (and, boy, did Cubs fans have their heartbreak last year!), it resonates with me. But I don't think those things really account for how much I loved this book. I think what accounts for it is Goodwin's extraordinary ability to recreate in words what was really quite an ordinary childhood, and make it magical.read more
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This is a memoir of historian Doris Kearns' childhood in Brooklyn and her overwhelming love for the Brooklyn Dodgers. As anyone who has read some of her of her other books knows, she can write and this one is no different. It flows; it draws you back into the 1950s when baseball was the national pastime and television did not yet rule the land.It is, however, a bit of a paean to that era, leaning heavily on the nostalgia button. It would be wrong to say that it was viewing things through rose-colored lenses but there's no question where the emphasis lay: communities were closer; the neighborhoods were safe; the economy was doing well; free agency hadn't ruined the concept of team loyalty. If you're looking for something deep and incisive like Team of Rivals, this isn't the right place. If I had to choose a single word, I think it would be: pleasant.read more
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The story of a young girl's love of baseball, by a master storyteller.read more
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Excellent memoir of a father-daughter duo who love the Brooklyn Dodgers.read more
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I read this when I was 13-14. I loved it then.read more
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A gift from my husband. Wonderfully readable and engaging.read more
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An excellent memoir of a girl who was a Brooklyn Dodger fan in the late 1940s and early 1950s. My brother was a Dodger fan. I was a Yankee fan. I went to one game at Ebbets Field, but quite a few games at Yankee Stadium.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Doris Kearns Goodwin was born a couple years before I was and so her memoir of growing up in the 1950s brought much nostalgia to my mind. Her neighborhood in Brooklyn was both very different, and a bit the same, as my neighborhood in Seattle. My family moved away and I lost this idyllic neighborhood when I was very young; DKG did not move from hers until high school so she has many good stories to tell. Central to her story was her, and her father's, indeed her whole family's, devotion to the Brooklyn Dodgers during the golden years of baseball. Even I, in far away Seattle, knew the names of the wonderful baseball teams and stars. It was a great time to be a kid and she does a superior job of evoking the magic of summer evenings, playing all day long with the neighborhood gang, enjoying long and deep friendships, and going to the beach; all this before TV took our family homes and closed the doors to the outside.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
She grew up a Dodger fan in Brooklyn in the 1950s. the book brought back many memories for me of that period -- the safety of neighborhoods, freedom of childhood along with HUAC, the Bomb, the McCarthy hearings and more.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, this is Goodwin's touching memoir of growing up in love with her family ad baseball. She 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. Goodwin is a great writer - I enjoyed reading about the 1950s - but I got a little tired of all the baseball stories.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Baseball season is here! Doris Kearns Goodwin takes a nostalgic look at growing up in the ‘50s and her devotion to the Brooklyn Dodgers. If you are disgusted by steroids and multi-million dollar contracts, this book will take you back to the glory days of baseball. Reviewed by: Sandy
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
There's something to be said for spending three hours in the dentist's chair. While you wait, you can read. I read this book. Between the bus and the dentist I finished it in a day.Wow! What a book! Goodwin writes of her childhood through the prism of a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. Growing up in Rockville Centre, one cheered for the Dodgers, or the Yankees, or the Giants. When the Giants & the Dodgers battled for the pennant, or the Dodgers battled the Yankees in the World Series, you cheered for your team, but you kept your friends who were rooting for the other team.Goodwin learned at age six how to keep score. She keeps score in this book, the score of her love of baseball, of growing up in '50s suburbia, of a childhood touched by the public traumas of McCarthyism, the Rosenberg trial, the Korean War, and the private trauma of her mother's illness. Every year is marked by the Dodgers' winning, or (more often) losing. Their games are the landmarks by which she marks her youth.The things she loved: baseball, her family, her friends, her neighborhood, and reading. When she first learns to read, "I insisted on reading every sign and billboard along the way. 'Why are you doing this?' Elaine asked. 'Oh, you'll understand someday,' I replied. 'Once you start reading, you can never stop' " How true.Goodwin is a marvelous writer. It may be that, because she is only six years my senior, I related to much of her experience. It may be that because the cry of "Wait Till Next Year" is heard in Chicago (and, boy, did Cubs fans have their heartbreak last year!), it resonates with me. But I don't think those things really account for how much I loved this book. I think what accounts for it is Goodwin's extraordinary ability to recreate in words what was really quite an ordinary childhood, and make it magical.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is a memoir of historian Doris Kearns' childhood in Brooklyn and her overwhelming love for the Brooklyn Dodgers. As anyone who has read some of her of her other books knows, she can write and this one is no different. It flows; it draws you back into the 1950s when baseball was the national pastime and television did not yet rule the land.It is, however, a bit of a paean to that era, leaning heavily on the nostalgia button. It would be wrong to say that it was viewing things through rose-colored lenses but there's no question where the emphasis lay: communities were closer; the neighborhoods were safe; the economy was doing well; free agency hadn't ruined the concept of team loyalty. If you're looking for something deep and incisive like Team of Rivals, this isn't the right place. If I had to choose a single word, I think it would be: pleasant.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
The story of a young girl's love of baseball, by a master storyteller.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Excellent memoir of a father-daughter duo who love the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I read this when I was 13-14. I loved it then.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A gift from my husband. Wonderfully readable and engaging.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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