Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 24, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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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.

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User Review  - cyderry - LibraryThing

Being a baseball fan as well, it was great to see this side of such a great writer. The stories brought back memories of my childhood - the disappointments as well as victories. Read full review

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User Review  - jessibud2 - LibraryThing

Doris Kearns Goodwin is 10 years older than I am and her background, childhood and life differ from mine in every conceivable way. Yet this book, her memoir, captured in me a sense of nostalgia that I ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. She won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II and is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, Richard N. Goodwin.

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