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From the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Times comes a touching memoir of a young girl growing up in love with her father and baseball.

Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, this memoir re-creates the postwar era, where the corner store was a place to share stories, and where neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans.

We meet the people who most influenced Doris 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. 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.

Review:

"What emerges is a perfectly affable and often ever poignant memoir.... There is plenty...to like here. Goodwin shifts gracefully between a child's recollections and an adult's overview.... But there is too little baseball." Peter Delacorte, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

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"In a season awash in X-rated memoirs, Wait Till Next Year is an anomaly: a reminiscence that is suitable, in fact ideal, for a preadolescent readership of not just girls but boys, too.... For self-esteem-building female role models, for baseball lore and inning-by-inning action and for a lively trip into the recent American past, you could hardly do better." Ann Hulbert, New York Times Book Review

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"This is a book in the grand tradition of girlhood memoirs, either fact or fiction, dating from Louisa May Alcott to Carson McCullers and Harper Lee." Ron Fimrite, Washington Post Book World

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"Lively, tender, and...hilarious.... [Goodwin's] memoir is uplifting evidence that the American dream still exists — not so much in the content of the dream as is the tireless, daunting dreaming." Boston Globe

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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 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.

About the Author

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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Robert Zupperoli, February 6, 2009 (view all comments by Robert Zupperoli)
Have you ever read a book that made you feel good, gave you a sense of history, time and place, and triggered your own memories. Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir does just that. I grew up in Massachusetts, my father, an avid baseball fan would take us to Fenway Park for Red Sox Baseball. BEfore the two World Series Championships in the days of The Curse; those days with my father were great and we still try to get into Boston for at least one game each season. Doris Kearns Goodwin's memoir reminded me of those days with my family, spending time with them, and enjoying the life, love, and many experiences in an American-Italian-Catholic family. I would highly recommend this book for any one who wants to take a similar walk down memory lane. You will pick it up again and again and recommend it to many friends, whether they are baseball fans or not. This was a recommendation from NPR when it was first published. Trust me you will not want to put this down, nor will you want the story to end.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684847955
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Goodwin, Doris Kearns
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Brooklyn dodgers (baseball team)
Subject:
Historians
Subject:
Regional Subjects - MidAtlantic
Subject:
Baseball fans
Subject:
Historians -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team) - History
Subject:
Baseball fans - United States
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
June 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.96 oz

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Product details 272 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780684847955 Reviews:
"Review" by , "What emerges is a perfectly affable and often ever poignant memoir.... There is plenty...to like here. Goodwin shifts gracefully between a child's recollections and an adult's overview.... But there is too little baseball."
"Review" by , "In a season awash in X-rated memoirs, Wait Till Next Year is an anomaly: a reminiscence that is suitable, in fact ideal, for a preadolescent readership of not just girls but boys, too.... For self-esteem-building female role models, for baseball lore and inning-by-inning action and for a lively trip into the recent American past, you could hardly do better."
"Review" by , "This is a book in the grand tradition of girlhood memoirs, either fact or fiction, dating from Louisa May Alcott to Carson McCullers and Harper Lee."
"Review" by , "Lively, tender, and...hilarious.... [Goodwin's] memoir is uplifting evidence that the American dream still exists — not so much in the content of the dream as is the tireless, daunting dreaming."
"Synopsis" by , 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 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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