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Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  5,242 Ratings  ·  680 Reviews
We meet the people who most influenced Goodwin's early life: her mother, who instilled in her the love of books; and her father, who taught her the joy of baseball.
Published 2004 by Recorded Books (first published October 1st 1997)
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Brina
Reposting as my personal contribution to Women's History Month

I first discovered Doris Kearns Goodwin when I watched the Ken Burns' Baseball documentary on PBS for the first time in 1992-93. I was in high school and impressionable, and decided to myself that I wanted to be her when I grew up. Because Mrs. Goodwin is one of our nation's master historians and history was my favorite school subject, I believed that she held the perfect job for me. More importantly, Ms. Goodwin is also a diehard bas
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Teresa
Jul 18, 2011 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodwin is an enthusiastic 'voice' that I remember quite well from Ken Burns' "Baseball" documentary. Not for nothing did her dad nickname her 'Bubbles,' as she relates in this book. My dad taught me how to keep score when I was very young, as did hers, and I also felt that baseball connection with my dad that she had with hers.

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
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Barbara
Doris Kearns Goodwin is best known for her presidential biographies. However, she is also an inveterate lover of baseball. Kearns Goodwin grew up in Long Island, NY, in a close, lower middle class neighborhood in the 1940’s and 1950’s. At that time there were three baseball teams in NY – the Yankees (it’s hard for me, a Red Sox fan to even write that name) in the Bronx, the Giants in Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers were (was?) Jackie Robinson’s team, and during Kearns Goodwin’s ...more
Barbara
Oct 11, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
Doris Kearns Goodwin--Are you my mother? I so enjoyed this memoir...the love of baseball pervades much of this recollection from DKG's youth and that, along with her fondness for reading aloud, was enough for me to connect with her story. My father passed away last month and many of my happiest memories of him revolve around watching our beloved team. DKG had the '55 Brooklyn Dodgers and we had our '86 Mets...
It just felt like a hug.
Tress Huntley
Continuing to work through Goodwin's books before I get to meet her in November. This being her memoir, and centered on her lifelong love of baseball, I pretty much expected to just check it off. In fact I thought reading it would leave me feeling bummed out and envious, because I cannot relate my own upbringing to hers in any way. I found it very touching. Which surprised me. She's clearly a very spirited person who appreciates her roots. She can certainly write masterfully if even I rode the e ...more
Robert
Jul 02, 2011 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun, even if you come from a family of Yankees fans.

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
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Sherri
Feb 25, 2016 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I find a writer I really love, I always want to know more about her. I'm curious to know what it was about her childhood or family life or life experience that shaped her thinking and writing. Doris Kearns Goodwin is my favorite non-fiction writer, so when I recently discovered that she had written a short memoir about her childhood growing up in the suburbs of New York in 1950's and her passionate love of the Brooklyn Dodgers, I quickly scrounged up a copy (thank you Amazon) and read it in ...more
Toni
Sep 28, 2014 Toni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so enjoyable to read primarily because it so reminded me of my own childhood.
Read "Barbara's" review, it's perfect. I could never do it any better. Enjoy!
Felisa Rosa
Aug 26, 2015 Felisa Rosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin recounts her childhood in an idyllic New York suburb. The story revolves around Goodwin's obsession with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and how that obsession forged bonds in her family and community. I had to skim through some of the descriptions of baseball games, but I enjoyed this funny and kind-hearted memoir. Goodwin's depiction of her childhood obsessions and neurosis is amusing, and she creates an evocative portrait of a lost time. Although Goodwin is nostalgic, she ...more
monica
Jul 21, 2008 monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Red Sox fans and baby boomers
Touching coming of age memoir from the fifties. Women of a certain age will remember many of the same scenarios, from studying the Baltimore catechism while preparing for first Communion, to swapping baseball cards, riding far beyond the neighborhood on our bicycles, and being welcome in any family's house or seeing our mothers ironing in front of the television.
Amy
9/10
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
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Rickyjez
Aug 30, 2011 Rickyjez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait until the next time I see Goodwin on Meet the Press . . . I'll feel like I'm watching an old friend. She shares an intimate account of her childhood in this memoir that is laughable, nostalgic, and tragic--but always filled with optimism. Today Goodwin is a renowned presidential historian, academic scholar, best selling author, and die hard Red Sox fan. She bubbles over when she talks to audiences and you can always envision the little girl in her, because of her overt enthusiasm fo ...more
Jaclyn
Jan 25, 2009 Jaclyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodwin's book Wait Till Next Year is a nostalgic memoir flavored with her love of baseball and her family. Goodwin is known to most people as the Pulitzer Prize winning author and expert on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. In this book though she is just the girl next door who grew up idolizing her father and Jackie Robinson, and dreaming of the year when the Dodgers would win the pennant. If you don't have some appreciation for baseball, her details on the classic New York falls might grow tedi ...more
Lauren
Mar 01, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Doris Kearns Goodwin delivers a moving memoir in Wait Till Next Year. She reminisces of her coming-of-age in a Long Island suburb, Rockville Center, in the 1950's, during the height of the rivalries between the New York baseball teams of the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, and Yankees. As a die-hard Dodgers fan, the author talks about her love of baseball being the basis of her relationship with her father. We see how her childhood changes with the introduction of television into suburban hom ...more
Kate Schwarz
Jun 18, 2014 Kate Schwarz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, baseball
This was a book handed to me by a librarian friend--given to me because I have been writing about children's baseball books for months. "I know you like baseball and this was leftover from the book sale."

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
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Bev
Mar 19, 2016 Bev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodman takes a break from writing presidential biographies ("Team of Rivals," "The Bully Pulpit," "No Ordinary Time," etc.) to write a very personal history of her childhood and growing up a Dodger fan. Goodwin is one month older than I and grew up in a home devoted to baseball. I didn't get interested in baseball until the Dodgers and Giants moved to California, one of the big losses in her life. This delightful coming of age story that parallels the history ...more
Elaine
Aug 06, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a true baseball fan, I could not give this book less than a 5-star rating. LOVED seeing the 1950's NY baseball rivalries through the eyes of young Doris. Her friendships and associations with neighbors (and the butcher) all hinge on loyalty to the Yankees, Dodgers, or Giants. When television comes to the neighborhood, that changes everything. I would've been one of the kids racing home from school at lunchtime to watch the playoffs--most didn't go back in the afternoon, and parents were ok wi ...more
Brooke Evans
Oct 19, 2014 Brooke Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This was an engaging memoir, telling the story of DKG's childhood in the context of baseball as their community passtime. Her family rooted for the Brooklyn Dodgers, while many of her friends were Giants or Yankees fans. I loved the parts where she described her experiences with current events - the first televisions, the Cold War, McCarthyism, the space race, civil rights - I really enjoyed her tellings of these events not just as they happened, but regarding their relevance to her life. The th ...more
Ron
Apr 11, 2009 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for anyone who loves baseball and grew up in the 40's and 50's when the Dodgers and Giants were still in Brooklyn and New York and were winning world series titles. It is also the memoirs of Doris Gearns Goodwin when she was a kid growing up in Long Island in the 50's with a very nostalgic look back at a less complicated America of that time.
Melanie
Dec 09, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This an autobiography by a biographer. I enjoyed this book combing a happy childhood with the love of baseball. I'm now eager to see Ken Burns Baseball documentary and wanting to read up on Gil Hodges. There are times that I laughed out loud and times I wanted to cry, This was a very enjoyable book to read.
Steph (loves water)
Not a big fan of anything New York, but I enjoyed this memoir. It's nice to read something written by a woman in a genre that's usually the bastion of men. There are many women baseball fans; it's nice to read the memoirs of an intelligent, talented writer like Ms. Goodwin.
Hapzydeco
Nov 06, 2014 Hapzydeco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read during the 2014 World Series. Doris Kearns Goodwin retelling of 50’s baseball history helped to recall my fond memories of the Yankees and Dodger rivalry. While perhaps best read during the baseball season, this memoir resonates for all seasons.
Janet
Jun 07, 2011 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for baseball books. This was a quick read and really enjoyable. Only thing that would have made it better would have been if the author was an O's fan.
Kathy
Feb 01, 2008 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathy by: Baseball swap
The story of a young girl's love of baseball, by a master storyteller.
Lisa
Apr 18, 2017 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You may think this book won't resonate with everyone but even if you're not a baby boomer or you don't love baseball Goodwin is a master storyteller and you can't help feel you are reminiscing with her about days gone by. I'm a little younger than she but I remember simpler days. I loved this book
Suzanne

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
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Eva Thieme
May 26, 2016 Eva Thieme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a superb writer, no ifs or buts about it. She could write a washing machine manual and I’d probably still gobble it up. She has a gift of conjuring up the past so vividly, so real, so believable, that you feel as if you’re right there with her as it’s happening. You can feel the excitement as she’s waiting for her father to come home from work so she can read him the baseball stats she painstakingly put together from that day’s game on the radio, you can hear the cheers i ...more
Lynn Green
I find it entirely appropriate that the first book I have read in 2015 is centered on baseball and history, two loves of my life. I read Doris Kearns Goodwin's superior history of Abraham Lincoln's presidency, "A Team of Rivals." Recently I watched Ken Burn's nine part documentary "Baseball" on the Major League Baseball channel. Doris is interviewed extensively as she recounts her childhood worship of the Brooklyn Dodges and later fandom of the Boston Red Sox. This led me to this book.

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Sally Atwell Williams
I loved this book. And as much as I love to read, both fiction and non-fiction, this is the first Doris Kearns Goodwin book I have read. I loved her story of growing up close to New York City and Brooklyn. And her love for the Brooklyn Dodgers is so incredible. Writing about her neighborhood, her friends, her family, her schools brought back many memories to me. The first TV to come into the neighborhood, and the joy when her father bought one. Sitting on the porch or roaming the neighborhood wi ...more
Sarah
Sep 23, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I don't think I could ever give a memoir 5 stars, but as far as memoirs go this is at the top of my list. Whether you are a baseball fan or not (and I am) Goodwin faithfully encapsulates the heart pounding, heartbreaking and heart soaring moments that being a true fan entails.

Even though I already new how the Dodger's 1955 season ended I found myself on the figurative edge of my seat as I read her account. Tears came to my eyes when she quoted Vin Scully, "Ladies and gentlemen, the Broo
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