Wait Till Next Year Reading Group Guide
Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin's touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and 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.
We meet the people who most influenced Goodwin's early...more
Goodwin credits her storytelling skill to baseball. Starting in 1949, young Doris would listen to Brooklyn Dodger games on the radio durin ...more
As far as memoirs goes, this book is okay, especially if you have no idea what it was like to be a Catholic child growing up in the '50s in the U.S., or perhaps if you a ...more
Doris Kearns Goodwin is better known for her presidential histories. I've enjoyed her The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and Team of Rivals. In this memoir we get to learn more about her own life and upbringing.
She grew up in Rockville Centre, Long Island, in the late '40s and '50s. The important themes of her childhood seem to be [A] Catholicism and [B] the Brooklyn Dodgers, not necessarily in that order.
And I have to say, her childhood ...more
This was a quick read filled with nostalgia. I'm about 10 years younger than Goodwin , but easily related to her childhood experience of suburban, almost idyllic life on Long Island. Doors were open, doctors lived on the street and made house calls, TVs were in large consoles though their screens were small and their antennas had to be fiddled with and Howdie Doodie was the Saturday show of choice. Moms watched Soaps and wore aprons, and dads went to work in suits and drank martinis.
In the Prefa ...more
For her, baseball is a measuring stick of maturity. Her development as a storyteller starts in relating a game's happenings to her father. She learns to avoid skipping to the most exciting parts in order to build the anticipation. She learns about the disappointment and bittern ...more
Full disclosure, I read this book as a "how t ...more
A couple of years ago, I attempted to listen to Team of Rivals (also written by Doris Kearns Goodwin). I hate to not finish books (especially good ones), but it was so long, and I couldn't finish it before it was due, and then there was a massive hold list...and so I gave up.
But this book was different. For one thing, is was about 600 pages shorter. And because I love reading about the lives of other people, memoirs almost always hold my interest. But unlike other memoirs, this one sometimes ...more
Her memoir of growing up in the 50's presents a fairly idyllic childhood, though not perfect, filled with neighborhood familes, friends and local shops where everyone knew each other. The sense of community is quite visceral throughout. I found her writing about growing up in the Catholic church to be q ...more
Besides her entertaining stories a ...more
What a coincidence that I then shared the book with my grandfather, who at 92 suddenly has become a Reader, who played ball with many of the players talked about and rooted for by the author. He read it and recounted his years of playing ball with them through tears. I read it next and definite ...more
Then Doris started to draw me in. I especially like how she filtered historic events through the prism of a young girl's perception - the Army-McCarthy congressional hearings for example, and the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
The most fun, however, was her re-telling of the trials and triumphs of Dem Bums, the Brooklyn Dodger ...more
Kerns Good ...more
This delightful autobiography of her early years brought back many memories of my own early years. I'm not a baseball fan, but I do recall watching some world series games on television in the school gym during PE class. In those days there were no major league baseball teams on the we ...more