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Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Wait Till Next Year:  A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a 261-page hardcover published in1997 by Simon & Schuster.  The dust jacket and book are in very good condition.

Books Summary

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.

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 bring her voice into any conversation at any time; her mother, whose heart problems left her with the arteries of the 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; or friends on the block; the local storekeepers; her school friends and teachers.

The Narrative begins in 1949 at the dawn of a glorious area in baseball, an era that saw one of the three New York teams competing in the World Series every year, an era when the lineups on most teams remain 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 will there be a better time to be Brooklyn Dodger fan, but Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Gil Hodges, with five penants won in the course of 8 years and a first ever World Championship. But never would there be a worse time, for a 1957 it all came to an abrupt end when the Dodgers and the Giants were forcibly uprooted from New York and transplanted to California. New truly after the Dodgers left, Goodwin's mother died, 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 supermarkets begin to take over.  It was the end of an era and the beginning of another and, for Goodwin, the end of childhood.

ISBN:  0-684-82489-2

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