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Publisher's Summary

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 reading 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. Goodwin describes with eloquence how the Dodgers' departure from 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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©1997 by Blithedale Productions Inc. All Rights Reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form (P)1997 Simon and Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved

Critic Reviews

"Ms. Goodwin has...made familiar events seem fresh again, as if they were happening for the first time only a couple of days ago." (The New York Times)
"A poignant memoir...marvelous...Goodwin shifts gracefully between a child's recollection and an adult's overview." (San Francisco Chronicle Book Review)

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Great story, especially if you loved baseball as a kid.

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Enjoyable family who loved baseball. Great story

Wanted this to continue. Enjoyed a great Father and daughter love for baseball. Also enjoyed the family dynamics. Well written book of love and tragedy.

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Outstanding book, even if...

baseball hasn't claimed you. Listen to this book and then buy a copy to share with friends. They will appreciate it.

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A Story of Hope, Love and Baseball

If you love family, an uplifting story and baseball, then this book is for you. I love that it is read by the author. Short touching and powerful.