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.