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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,266 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin Narrator: Doris Kearns Goodwin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1997 ISBN: 9780743566568
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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.

The narrative begins in 1949 at the dawn of a glorious era in baseball, an era that saw one of the three New York teams competing in the World Series every year, and era when the lineups on most teams remained basically intact year after year, allowing fans to extend loyalty and love to their chosen teams, knowing that for the most part, their favorite players would return the following year, exhibiting their familiar strengths, weaknesses, quirks, and habits. Never would there be a better time to be a Brooklyn Dodger fan. But in 1957 it all came to an abrupt end when the Dodgers (and the Giants) were forcibly uprooted from New York and transplanted to California.

Shortly after the Dodgers left, Kearns' mother dies, and the family moved from the old neighborhood to an apartment on the other side of town. This move coincided with the move of several other families on the block and with the decline of the corner store as the supermarket began to take over. It was the end of an era and the beginning of another and, for Kearns, the end of childhood. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ms. Goodwin has…made familiar events seem fresh again, as if they were happening for the first time only a couple of days ago.”

    New York Times

  • “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 in the tireless, daunting dreaming.”

    Boston Globe 

  • “A poignant memoir…marvelous…Goodwin shifts gracefully between a Child’s recollection and an adult¹s overview.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “As the tenured radicals attempt to rewrite our nation’s history, the warm, witty, eloquent personal testimony of someone of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s stature is well worth reading.”

    Baltimore Sun 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/15/2014

    " Kearns Goodwin's account is a memoir of childhood, framed by her relationship with the Brooklyn Dodgers. You don't have to love baseball to enjoy this book (though it definitely enhances your experience). The unique circumstances of her connection to the Dodgers - sharing their trials and triumphs with her family and friends - is the draw of the book, but readers come away with more. The historian in her is able to tie together the incredible moments of history from the mid 40s through the late 50s with her beloved Dodgers and her growth as a young girl. She's a storyteller - and makes these connections well - but I kept wishing for something just a bit deeper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dick | 2/9/2014

    " If you grew up in the 50's and early 60's and enjoy baseball, you'll love this book! Kearns Goodwin shares what it was like growing up in Brooklyn when da Brooklyn bums ... er, Dodgers ... were trying to win a World Series. She describes listening to the games on the radio and keeping score in her scorebook so she could sit with her father after dinner and give him a blow-by-blow description of the game. (She didn't realize until later that box scores were published in the newspapers!). Goodwin is a great writer, but this one is special because she actually lived the history she is writing about. I loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 2/8/2014

    " This was a great book. I completly got lost in her wonderful story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Mitchell | 1/26/2014

    " Loved every minute of this book. As a lifelong New York Mets fan, whose love of baseball was instilled by my Dad, I could relate to much of it, even though I am much younger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/10/2014

    " Dads and daughters. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris Sjoquist | 12/31/2013

    " A memoir about growing up in New York in the 50's with baseball and the Catholic church at the center of the author's life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelsey | 12/27/2013

    " This memoir is a story that shouldn't have been told. Many parts were cute, the "small things in life" aspect to her small town and her love for baseball, but the events are so loosely connected, it hardly paints the "big picture" that a memoir should. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasa Cotugno | 12/26/2013

    " One of my all time favorites, on so many levels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 12/24/2013

    " Excellent and entertaining historical look at the baseball travesty which ended in the move to California of the Brocklyn Dodgers. Very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 12/18/2013

    " really good book. i learned so much about baseball! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 12/16/2013

    " Definitely a book for baseball lovers that no one else would probably be interested in. But I liked it! I also love history, so maybe that explains part of it too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/15/2013

    " I'd forgotten that I read this book until I saw it on a friends list. I don't even like baseball but I loved this story and found the young girl's relationship with her Dad to be very touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Eldridge | 12/12/2013

    " Goodwins reminiscences about growing up in the 40's and 50's in Brooklynn, particularly regarding the Brooklynn Dodgers. Lovely, sweet period piece, recaptures baseball of the era. Very nice. Even if you are not a baseball fan, more so if you are! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scot Butler | 12/1/2013

    " One can only imagine have hard it must have been for Brooklyn to lose the Dodgers. Lucky for Ms Goodwin that she was able to adopt the Red Sox. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 11/25/2013

    " The master historian writes a tome about her own life. The book is interesting, if a bit slow at times. I enjoyed it even though I'm a Yankees fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 11/21/2013

    " This is 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed the book, a good memoir about growing up in suburban New York in the post war years and especially about being a Dodgers fan. I remember seeing Goodwin interviewed in Ken Burns' Baseball series. She almost makes me think I could enjoy following baseball. Almost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/16/2013

    " I could read this every summer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genie | 9/27/2013

    " This is a sweet, but not cloying, memoir -- I recommend it for baseball fanatics, of course, but also loved the different perspective -- so many baseball memoirs are from the male POV, so it was interesting to read DKG's take on growing up in a baseball household. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 7/29/2013

    " Easily read memoir of Kearns and her family growing up inlove with Brooklyn Dodgers. Not her best work, she writes better about others than she writes about herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/28/2012

    " I live this every year being a Sharks fan! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suellen | 12/10/2012

    " Now that I know a bit more about baseball, I should reread this. Baseball was a way for DKW to connect with her father. I appreciated that with my mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 10/5/2012

    " Memoir about growing up in the New York of the 1950's and the way baseball played such a huge part in the lives of family and community. A feel good kind of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. | 9/2/2012

    " I enjoyed this wholeheartedly, but even more interesting for me than Goodwin's stories about her childhood were her stories about a three-baseball-team New York; when she wrote about the Dodgers and the Giants leaving for California, my heart just about broke for the city. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/27/2012

    " Wonderful! Baseball and growing up in NY.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 10/30/2011

    " I could picture myself doing many of the same activities growing up, including keeping the box score (the Indians, not the Dodgers). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 7/31/2011

    " If you want to read a memoir that centers around the Brooklyn Dodgers this book is for you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 6/22/2011

    " I'm not huge into autobiographies, but this book was decent. I loved the stories of the baseball teams and how they related to her childhood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Warren | 5/17/2011

    " Of all Doris Kearns Godwin's books I like this one best. She evokes a time and place similar to what I experienced as a child. The love between members of her family is palpable. Readers can see the historian as she develops. A wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 4/26/2011

    " This is a delightful memoir of the author's early years on Long Island in the 40's and 50's and her love affair with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Written with great affection for both her neighborhood, her team, and her time, this was quite an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 4/14/2011

    " Not much of a fan of sports; But I did enjoy how this book was played out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 4/11/2011

    " Kick off baseball season with a good baseball read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 3/28/2011

    " Love this book, read it for the second time. Great memoir about baseball/growing up in the 1950's and 60's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scot | 2/17/2011

    " One can only imagine have hard it must have been for Brooklyn to lose the Dodgers. Lucky for Ms Goodwin that she was able to adopt the Red Sox. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 1/14/2011

    " Doris Kearns Goodwin is a master storyteller as she weaves the triumphs and tragedies of the Brooklyn Dodgers with her own up and downs in her personal life. Nice to see Rockville Center play a major role. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/9/2011

    " This was the most engaging book. As a female baseball devotee, I was mesmerized by her story of being a Brooklyn Dodgers fan as a child. The current events and story of her childhood woven in made this all the more interesting. Alas, she went on to become a Red Sox fan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 1/1/2011

    " Well written. More than anything it makes me want to be back in a city with major league baseball. "

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About the Author
Author Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Goodwin was a White House Fellow during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration and taught government courses at Harvard University. She won the Lincoln Prize in 2006 for her book Team of Rivals and is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission advisory board; she is also a political news analyst for NBC, CBS, and ABC, among others, and she lectures around the country. Goodwin lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband.