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Wait Till Next Year : A Memoir
Wait Till Next Year A Memoir
Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Wait Till Next Year is the story of a young girl growing up in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, when owning a single-family home on a tree-lined street meant the realization of dreams, when everyone knew everyone else on the block, and the children gathered in the streets to play from sunup to sundown. The neighborhood was equally di...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780684824895
ISBN-10: 0684824892
Publication Date: 10/21/1997
Pages: 272
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4 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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I've read many of Doris Kearns Goodwins books of historical people, so I wanted to know more about her own life. I learned she and her father were avid baseball fans -- a sport I could do completely without. If you love baseball, you'll love this book.
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I had to read this for a class, but it turned out to be a fantastic memoir. It's written by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a noted historian whose focus is on the Kennedy administration. Her memoir is about growing up on Long Island in the 1950s. Central to the story is baseball. As all great nonfiction does, this memoir reads like a novel.

Swirling themes include religion (which NY team do the Catholics root for), class (which NY team do the middle class root for), and race (what happens when Jackie Robinson comes to play for the Dodgers?). Ironically, gender is barely even mentioned...the author knew her box scores as well as any other fan.
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A delightful memoir of a young girl growing up as a (Brooklyn) Dodgers fan in the 1950s. This book transported me back to a New York/Long Island of some 50 years ago. Simply beautiful writing and an engaging tale. If only Brooklyn still had a baseball team.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin does an outstanding job of taking us back to the '50's and reliving what life was like for a kid growing up in New York. You'll enjoy it more if you are a baseball fan, and you'll love it if you are a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Great read.
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I'm not a huge baseball fan--nor much of a memoir fan either, to be honest. Since I have always admired Doris Kearns Goodwin and since none of her other books are posted, I thought I'd read this one. It took me a little while to warm up to it; don't know if it was her writing or just me. Her family certainly has an interesting and challenging history. Once the story got going, even the baseball parts kind of took on a life of their own. A warm and inspiring and, yes, nostalgic story. As comforting as our memory of the 1950s may be, Ms. Goodwin's story also reminds us that it was not as simple and warm and fuzzy a time as we prefer to remember.
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Read it awhile ago. It was fun to look back at my NY and the way it used to be. Not the easiest read, very factual as she is a historian but still very readable. One of those books you talk about after wards because you learned so much.