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Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin February 12, 2011

Filed under: adult memoir,nonfiction — Bethany @ 9:16 pm
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Wait Till Next Year is a memoir of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s childhood in suburban New York in the 1950s.  She writes about her family, her neighborhood, and her passion for baseball that tied it all together.  Kearns inherited her homebound mother’s love of reading and her father’s love of baseball.  Her interests along with fears of polio, the Korean War, the Red Scare, the introduction of television, and New Yorkers’ fierce loyalty to their baseball teams all shaped Kearns’ childhood.  Years later, the Dodgers’ departure from Brooklyn, her mother’s death, and a disbanding of the neighborhood of her childhood changed things forever.

This was an enjoyable read and a glimpse into the era of my parents’ childhoods.  I appreciated that the author was able to  incorporate baseball history with her own memories in a way that grabs even the non-sports fan’s attention.


Out of Order by A.M. Jenkins November 9, 2010

Filed under: realistic fiction — Bethany @ 8:33 pm
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Colt Trammel is very good at baseball.  It’s the only thing in his life where he is in control.  The other things- making things work with his girlfriend, family, and school- are spinning out of control.  His girlfriend has dumped him again and his mother has told him that he won’t play baseball if he doesn’t bring his grades up to a C average.  All Colt wants is for things to be as easy for him as they are for everyone else.  He has 6 weeks to get things under control, but will he have the strength to do it on his own?


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