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4.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 54.22 out of 5 4.22 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doris Kearns Goodwin Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342552
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Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin's touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball. She 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lively, tender, and…hilarious…[Goodwin’s] memoir is uplifting evidence that the American dream still existsnot 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 adult’s overview.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

  • “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

  • “Goodwin gives listeners reason to consider what each of us has retained of our childhood passions. A poignant but unsentimental journey for all adults and, of course, especially for baseball fans.” 

    Library Journal

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 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.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.