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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:
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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.

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.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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