Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns GoodwinBy 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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By Doris Kearns Goodwin. They were Giant loyalists. Doris Kearns Goodwin, as her disarming memoir shows, was a born mascot -- an endearing emblem of high hopes and undauntable energy. Or rather, like all mascots, she was made, not born, but the role clearly took and stuck. The daddy's girl who so avidly shared in his baseball dreams and in the dramas of her close-knit neighborhood casts herself here as a booster on a larger stage as well: Goodwin recounts an exemplary coming-of-age story from an often maligned era.
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