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Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir

von Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Wait Till Next Yearis 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 divided among Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans, and the corner stores were the scenes of fierce and affectionate rivalries. We meet the people who influenced Goodwin's early life: her father, who emerged from a traumatic childhood without a trace of self-pity or rancor and who taught his daughter early on that she should say whatever she thought and should bring her voice into any conversation at any time; her mother, whose heart problems left her with the arteries of a seventy-year-old when she was only in her thirties and whose love of books allowed her to break the boundaries of the narrow world to which she was confined by her chronic illness; her two older sisters; her friends on the block; the local storekeepers; her school friends and teachers. This is also the story of a girlhood in which the great religious festivals of the Catholic church and the seasonal imperatives of baseball combined to produce a passionate love of history, ceremony, and ritual. It is the story of growing up in what seemed on the surface a more innocent era until one recalls the terror of polio, the paranoia of McCarthyism reflected even in the children's games, the obsession with A-bomb drills in school, and the ugly face of racial prejudice. It was a time whose relative tranquillity contained the seeds of the turbulent decade of the sixties.… (mehr)
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A sweet look at the author's childhood love affair with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and a look at what it was like growing p in the 1950s. I can't recommend it enough. ( )
  VashonJim | Jun 25, 2021 |
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 divided among Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans, and the corner stores were the scenes of fierce and affectionate rivalries.

This was a memoir of the author’s childhood in New York. She and her father had a close relationship with their love of baseball. Not being a baseball fan, there was too much baseball for me. Her other memories of childhood, although mostly pleasant, seemed ordinary. This was well-written but it wasn’t interesting enough for me. ( )
  gaylebutz | Jul 29, 2020 |
This was my wonderful Christmas surprise. My friend, and fellow book lover and baseball lover, Jeanie, sent me this wonderful book for Christmas. Goodwin's memoir of her years growing up on the East Coast with the baseball of the 50's and 60's was so familiar. She captures of the times of duck and cover and mary jane shoes with a special touch. It is a wonderful trip back. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Oh, I want my brother to read this book and tell me if this wasn't our childhood, too! Long Island in the 50s - and what it meant to be devoted to a baseball team. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Absolutely love!!!! ( )
  mollygerry | Nov 25, 2018 |
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In memory of my parents, Michael and Helen Kearns, and to my sisters, Charlotte and Jeanne
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When I was six, my father gave me a bright-red scorebook that opened my heart to the game of baseball.
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Wait Till Next Yearis 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 divided among Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans, and the corner stores were the scenes of fierce and affectionate rivalries. We meet the people who influenced Goodwin's early life: her father, who emerged from a traumatic childhood without a trace of self-pity or rancor and who taught his daughter early on that she should say whatever she thought and should bring her voice into any conversation at any time; her mother, whose heart problems left her with the arteries of a seventy-year-old when she was only in her thirties and whose love of books allowed her to break the boundaries of the narrow world to which she was confined by her chronic illness; her two older sisters; her friends on the block; the local storekeepers; her school friends and teachers. This is also the story of a girlhood in which the great religious festivals of the Catholic church and the seasonal imperatives of baseball combined to produce a passionate love of history, ceremony, and ritual. It is the story of growing up in what seemed on the surface a more innocent era until one recalls the terror of polio, the paranoia of McCarthyism reflected even in the children's games, the obsession with A-bomb drills in school, and the ugly face of racial prejudice. It was a time whose relative tranquillity contained the seeds of the turbulent decade of the sixties.

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