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Wait Till Next Year

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,598 ratings  ·  995 reviews
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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Women’s History Month 2019 continues with a reread of a personal favorite. Did anyone ever discover a book that was written just for them? Wait Til Next by Doris Kearns Goodwin, one of the United States’ master historian storytellers, is such a book for me. I first discovered Doris Kearns Goodwin in 1994 when Ken Burns sought a female voice to balance out the men as a narrator for his new documentary Baseball. Missing the season cut short by a strike, I turned to Burns’ film for comfort but was ...more
Diane S ☔
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-2019, lor-2019
Although the 1950's was before my time, this was an awesome nostalgic read. This takes place in upper New York, and I was raised in Chicago. Despite that I could identify with so many things in this book. Your neighborhood, your whole world, filled with all your friends. Games played outside, corner stores, a place where you knew everyone and everyone knew who you were, where you belonged. Such a sense of community that has vanished today.

Not a Dodgers fan, but a Cubs fan, but again could identi
Jay Schutt
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, owned
Who would have thought that keeping score of Brooklyn Dodger baseball games in her red scorebook would lead to a career as a leading American historian? That's what Doris Kearns Goodwin did as she recants her childhood and teen years in this engaging memoir.
The author intersperses her joy and heartache of listening to and watching her beloved Dodgers along with her joy and heartache of growing up in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
A well-done, fun read that brought back memories of many baseball greats
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodwin is one of my favorite historians. She is a superb writer and meticulous researcher. This book is her memoir about growing up in the 1950s and her love of baseball. I found her descriptions of growing up on Long Island idealistic. It was safe, simple and a comfortable life. It was the exact opposite of my life; therefore, I found it fascinating that someone actually grew up in such an ideal way. I found the memoir interesting and helpful in understanding her interest in history.

I read thi
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. ...more
Jul 18, 2011 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
Aug 16, 2014 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
Most baseball fans like to tell stories of when they first became fans as children. Some stories are certainly more entertaining and told better than others. One collection of baseball stories that fits this description is this very good memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin that tells about her childhood when she was cheering for her beloved Brooklyn Dodgers.

Goodwin is a well-known historian and was also a sports writer when it was not filled with many opportunities for women. Given how she writes abo
Jul 02, 2011 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
Sep 18, 2015 added it
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
Julie  Durnell
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Although the author is 12 years older than I am, I found her memoir to be very nostalgic, bringing back many memories. Her life growing up during the 50's in a close knit neighborhood was a time now gone with the wind. I felt her intense love of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the special connection it made with her father was the focus of the book, but her memoir is well written and incorporates a great deal of that era's history. I am not the baseball fan she is, but one of my earliest memories is th ...more
Sep 28, 2014 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!
Starved for baseball, I decided to open this book which has on its cover a baseball stadium in the heavens. I couldn’t be happier that I did. The author of one of my favorite presidential biographies—the book the movie Lincoln is based on, Team of Rivals—wrote this intimate memoir of her childhood, published in 1997. A history of the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Growing up outside of Brooklyn, in a metropolitan area with three professional baseball teams, meant that the sport was very much a p
Nancy Ellis
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read memoirs, but I sure am glad I made an exception with this book! Also thanks to a Goodreads friend who wrote a great review and made me realize what I would miss if I didn't read it. Essentially it's her memories of her coming of age as a Brooklyn Dodger fan. There were so many aspects of the author's childhood that were similar to mine, especially living immersed in baseball. She is 7 years older than I am, so she had a head start on the 1950s, but I remember the days of ver ...more
Feb 25, 2016 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
Joseph Sciuto
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Wait Till Next Year" is simply wonderful. Beautiful! It is the book (memoir) that I wish I had the ability to write. The similarities between our childhoods (even though she is two decades ahead of me) are striking: We were both raised Catholic (in the true sense of the religion), the love of baseball ran through our bodies and members of our family like a life force, and the neighborhood and friends we grew up with were seen as extensions of our family. Neighborhoods whe ...more
Felisa Rosa
Aug 26, 2015 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
Doris Kearns Goodwin and I seem to have had similar upbringings. She rooted for her Dodgers and I for my Detroit Tigers. We were both raised in the Catholic Church. Those two entities guided so much of our lives.While I listened to this, I felt as if I was reliving my youth.
I always love Ms. Kearns-Goodwin's books. This was no exception.
Jun 11, 2011 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
Jan 25, 2009 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
Larry Deaton
Feb 10, 2016 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
Mar 01, 2009 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 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
Mary Alice
Wait til Next Year is delightful. Some lucky people have golden summery childhoods, and Doris Kearns Goodwin writes about hers. She lived in Rockville Center, Long Island, a middle class suburban Camelot with loving friends and family. Giving structure to her life was the Catholic Church and the Brooklyn Dodgers. And of course, school was important too.

You gotta read this book. It's so much fun. And if you're like me, and have some fond memories of childhood, baseball and being Catholic, you mi
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
This book is everything I want and need from a memoir. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin shares her compelling personal life-story within the context of growing up in America in the 1950s. I learned so much history as I read her childhood story of being a diehard Brooklyn Dodgers fan. She describes in context the Cold War, McCarthyism, the space race, suburban growth, school integration and more. An excellent read and absolutely one of my all time favorite memoirs.
Jul 21, 2008 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. ...more
Dec 09, 2013 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. ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
For the post-baby boomer generations, the post-WWII period through the 1950's is barely a footnote in history and is often viewed through the lens of Mad Men, the rise of cookie cutter suburbs, or a period those Boomers talk about every time the younger generations scream and tear their hair out over the falsity of the American Dream. For those that lived through it, it's a completely different story.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian, had her formative years in the 50's an
Barnabas Piper
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers, brilliant memoir, spectacular historian and story teller - these ingredients make this one of the most enjoyable books I have read (listened to) in some time. Kearns Goodwin is the best at her craft, and when she turns her historian's skills toward her own life and family and injects it with nostalgia and emotion and joy a remarkable books is produced. I loved it. ...more
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that needs to be read again and again, especially during those dog days of winter when you wonder if Spring Training will ever come soon enough. Doris Kearns Goodwin shares with us her growing up years when the Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants all claimed New York City their home. Of course any blue blooded Dodger fan will tell you they were from Brooklyn, and not NYC. Those sports fans who believe that they are a true sports fan, do not realize the importance of these thr ...more
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DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN’s interest in leadership began more than half a century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to her bestselling "Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream." She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize–winning "No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II." She earn ...more

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