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Wait Till Next Year

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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 Dod
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 2nd 1998 by Simon & Schuster (first published October 1st 1997)
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Mar 29, 2016 Brina rated it it was amazing
Because I list this as one of my favorite books, I decided to add it to my shelves, even though I read it years before goodreads even existed.
I first found out about 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. You see, she is a historian, not just a historian but one of our country's master story tellers. In addition to that, sh
Aug 17, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 23, 2011 Teresa rated it liked it
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
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
Jan 17, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 12, 2014 Toni rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 02, 2011 Robert rated it liked it
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
Apr 16, 2016 Sherri rated it really liked it
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
John and Kris
Mar 25, 2010 John and Kris rated it really liked it
Each spring I try to read a book about baseball to get me excited for the upcoming season. In the recent past I’ve read Opening Day, Voices of Summer, The Bad Guys Won, Cobb, The Boys of Summer, The Soul of Baseball, Moneyball, Joe DiMaggio, and For The Love of the Game. I decided upon Doris Kearns Goodwin’s memoir after reading an excellent piece by Diana Schaub in National Affairs titled, “America at the Bat”

Full disclosure, I read this book as a "how t
Feb 14, 2009 Jaclyn rated it really liked it
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
Carol Storm
Apr 13, 2016 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! So warm, so friendly, and so much fun, and you can hear Doris Kearns Goodwin's voice on every page. I'm not much of a baseball fan, but hearing her describe her Fifties childhood and rooting for the Dodgers vs. the Yankees made the whole period come to life.

Sure wish she could have written a book like this about Fifties Rock and Roll . . .
Kate Schwarz
Sep 23, 2015 Kate Schwarz rated it it was amazing
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
Felisa Rosa
Aug 26, 2015 Felisa Rosa rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2008 monica rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 07, 2008 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kathy by: Baseball swap
The story of a young girl's love of baseball, by a master storyteller.
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
Sep 11, 2011 Rickyjez rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2010 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
Brooke Evans
Jun 15, 2015 Brooke Evans rated it really liked it
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
Larry Deaton
Feb 21, 2016 Larry Deaton rated it really liked it
I finished Doris Kearn Goodwin's Wait Till Next Year yesterday. In this memoir, she recounts growing up as a Dodger fan in the NYC suburbs in the 1950s. Part of it is about the sadness of being a fan for a team that, like most teams, just didn't win it all at the end of any given season. (Of course, it gets sadder for her when the Dodgers leave Brooklyn to move to LA.)

But most of all, it's the story of her family in a changing America. You get a mix of Jackie Robinson and her feelings about what
Apr 11, 2009 Ron rated it liked it
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.
Dec 11, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
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.
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
I read this memoir in honor of my father, who I know was heartbroken when the Brooklyn Dodgers left NY in the late 1950s. Finally I really understand his love and affection for the team, as echoed by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Dad grew up in Brooklyn; after the Dodgers left town, he transferred his affections to the Mets, but I always sensed they were a lesser allegiance for him.

Also, although Goodwin is a few years older than me, her memories of growing up in Rockville Centre, Long Island call up m
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.
Nov 06, 2014 Hapzydeco rated it really liked it
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.
Megan K. Brown
Feb 22, 2015 Megan K. Brown rated it really liked it
I love watching baseball and keeping score with a pencil and paper. I also love the 1950s, the decade in which my mother grew up. This book fed both of those loves. Such an easy read but still a faithful historical retelling by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Jun 07, 2011 Janet rated it it was amazing
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.
Jack Perreault
Oct 13, 2015 Jack Perreault rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I had not long ago finished Team of Rivals by DKG. I loved the book and gave it 5 stars, I felt she could see the deficiencies in people, but has this ability to see the innate good, the kindness of her characters. Wait Till Next Year is an unpretentious auto-biography of her childhood woven around her love of baseball, her Catholicism and her family, her friends and neighborhood.
It was welcome to read a story of common decency, the importance of being raised with strong values, a passion for th
Brian Eshleman
Sep 03, 2014 Brian Eshleman rated it liked it
If you saw Ken Burns' series Baseball, you caught the good parts, and they were related with a lot more passion than Doris Kearns Goodwin conveys in reading her own audio book. Still, the good parts really were good parts.

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
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