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By the award-winning author of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball.Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equally divided between DodBy the award-winning author of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball.Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year 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....

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Wait Till Next Year Reviews

  • Brina
    2018-12-15 16:23

    Reposting as my personal contribution to Women's History MonthI first discovered Doris Kearns Goodwin when I watched the Ken Burns' Baseball documentary on PBS for the first time in 1992-93. I was in high school and impressionable, and decided to myself that I wanted to be her when I grew up. Because Mrs. Goodwin is one of our nation's master historians and history was my favorite school subject, I believed that she held the perfect job for me. More importantly, Ms. Goodwin is also a diehard baseball fan, so our shared love of baseball and history sealed the deal for me.Wait Til Next Year is not Doris Kearns Goodwin's usual presidential biographical tome. I have read both Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit and they are both magnificent. This book is her memoir of growing up in Long Island as a Dodgers fan and both the happy and sad memories that came with it. I cried along with her when the Dodgers lost to the Yankees and bawled when they moved to Los Angeles. Of course, I felt her jubilation when the Bums finally overcame the Yankees to win the World Series in 1955. Essentially, I felt like I was reading about myself 45 years earlier.Every year or so I read snippets just to garner a smile. My favorite part is where young Doris goes to a butcher shop owned by Giants fans and the cute exchanges that take place between them. Again, the teasing that takes place between fans of rival teams reminded me of parts of my own childhood. As an adult, Doris becomes a Red Sox fan and can not deal with the heartache that befell them year after year (this was written pre 2004). These are both instances that a Cubs fan like myself can relate to easily (book written pre 2004 so by default pre 2016).Until Doris Kearns Goodwin writes her next presidential book, I will continue to reread my favorite sections of this book. It is a reminder to me of the wholesomeness of the 1950s when parents did not need to worry about their children being out and baseball was our national pastime. On a personal level, Ms. Goodwin is a reminder that a girl can go from being a fun loving, baseball passionate girl to one of our country's leading historians. She is an influence to me and a reminder to girls that they can achieve anything if they dream big.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-25 11:21

    Doris Kearns Goodwin is best known for her presidential biographies. However, she is also an inveterate lover of baseball. Kearns Goodwin grew up in Long Island, NY, in a close, lower middle class neighborhood in the 1940’s and 1950’s. At that time there were three baseball teams in NY – the Yankees (it’s hard for me, a Red Sox fan to even write that name) in the Bronx, the Giants in Manhattan, and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers were (was?) Jackie Robinson’s team, and during Kearns Goodwin’s childhood the team featured many legendary players in addition to Robinson, including Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and others. At an early age Kearns Goodwin’s father taught her the elaborate skills of recording each ball game play on scorecards, and baseball became their special bond. Her mother was ill throughout most of her childhood.For me the most enjoyable episodes in the book were those that combined the authors’ love of baseball and Catholicism. When Roy Campanella came to her small Long Island town, he spoke in a local Black church (Protestant). Kearns Goodwin was upset when she realized that Catholics were not allowed to go to Protestant churches. But her father said it was permitted because she wasn’t going to a church service. This reminded me of my mother allowing me when I was about 6 years old to attend a neighborhood ice cream social in the local Presbyterian church because it was in the basement. This was pre-Vatican Council, which relaxed these “rules”. Later, at her first confession, Kearns Goodwin confessed the “sin” of going to see Campanella in a Protestant church. The priest, it turned out, was also a Dodgers fan, and assured her this was not a sin. She also confessed praying that various players on other teams would suffer injuries, but the priest advised her that a victory achieved this way was not a true victory, and the Dodgers would win without wishing harm on others.Kearns Goodwin recounts Dodger games, especially the heartbreaking, late season losses, in great detail. It reveals that she is a true fan, and not a poser. I have met one other young woman, a Red Sox fan, who was as knowledgeable, but this is becoming rare. I have been a baseball games with other female friends where we find ourselves explaining what just happened to the younger men seated near us who barely understand the game.Kearns Goodwin’s childhood gave her a great foundation for her later career as a historian and author. She got her PhD at Harvard in 1968, which brought her to Massachusetts. For years after the Dodgers left Brooklyn, she avoided all things related to baseball. Finally a male friend at Harvard convinced her to go to Boston’s Fenway Park, a subway ride away. Fenway Park felt familiar to her, like “Flatbush North”. Kearns Goodwin adopted the Red Sox as “her” team and raised her three sons in much the same way her first generation Irish American father raised her – to love baseball. This book was written before the Red Sox became World champions in 2004. I can only imagine how thrilled she was. And finally, the title "Wait til Next Year" is a phrase very familiar to Red Sox as well as Brooklyn Dodger fans.

  • Teresa
    2018-12-10 10:28

    Goodwin is an enthusiastic 'voice' that I remember quite well from Ken Burns' "Baseball" documentary. Not for nothing did her dad nickname her 'Bubbles,' as she relates in this book. My dad taught me how to keep score when I was very young, as did hers, and I also felt that baseball connection with my dad that she had with hers. As far as memoirs goes, this book is okay, especially if you have no idea what it was like to be a Catholic child growing up in the '50s in the U.S., or perhaps if you are nostalgic for the time period. That era is 'before my time,' but I must know 'enough' about it, because there was nothing groundbreaking here for me, though I did find it psychologically interesting how easily the Army-McCarthy hearings infected the children's play. (Think "The Crucible." Miller knew what he was talking about.) My favorite parts were about her relationship to the Brooklyn Dodgers, especially the story of getting her hero Jackie Robinson's autograph and of the year the Dodgers finally won the World Series. (Probably because the reaction of Brooklyn seemed very similar to the reaction in New Orleans when the Saints won the Super Bowl!)One side note: I hated that the singular Dodger was used as an adjective, instead of the plural, throughout the book. I know it's said like that in speaking, but reading it bothered me. I wish I didn't notice these things so much, but I seem to be unable to help it!

  • Barbara
    2018-11-27 08:30

    Doris Kearns Goodwin--Are you my mother? I so enjoyed this memoir...the love of baseball pervades much of this recollection from DKG's youth and that, along with her fondness for reading aloud, was enough for me to connect with her story. My father passed away last month and many of my happiest memories of him revolve around watching our beloved team. DKG had the '55 Brooklyn Dodgers and we had our '86 Mets...It just felt like a hug.

  • Tress Huntley
    2018-11-26 13:22

    Continuing to work through Goodwin's books before I get to meet her in November. This being her memoir, and centered on her lifelong love of baseball, I pretty much expected to just check it off. In fact I thought reading it would leave me feeling bummed out and envious, because I cannot relate my own upbringing to hers in any way. I found it very touching. Which surprised me. She's clearly a very spirited person who appreciates her roots. She can certainly write masterfully if even I rode the emotional roller coaster of her Dodgers stories. Very well done. Now back to the biographies.

  • Robert
    2018-11-30 10:32

    Lots of fun, even if you come from a family of Yankees fans.Doris Kearns Goodwin is better known for her presidential histories. I've enjoyed her The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys and Team of Rivals. In this memoir we get to learn more about her own life and upbringing.She grew up in Rockville Centre, Long Island, in the late '40s and '50s. The important themes of her childhood seem to be [A] Catholicism and [B] the Brooklyn Dodgers, not necessarily in that order.And I have to say, her childhood seems really idyllic. A real town center with shopkeepers who were known by everybody. A real sense of community, with all of the kids in the neighborhood running in and out of each others' houses. And her parents' generation, many of whom came from poor neighborhoods and slums in NYC, moved to the suburbs for the good life. She points out how amazing it was for the older generation, who lived through the Great Depression and World War 2, to get exciting new technology like televisions and refrigerators that cooled themselves (rather than having to wait for the ice man to arrive with his truck of ice and giant tongs).One of the things I found really interesting was the conflict between the Dodgers fans and the New York Giants fans (before the team moved to San Francisco). I grew up in NYC with a father who arrived here at age 9 and became a Yankees fan because a kid who picked on him was a Dodgers fan. Growing up I heard a lot about the competition between the Yanks and the Dodgers, but I had no idea about the intense rivalry between the Dodgers and the Giants.I recommend the book to anybody who wants to know more about the New York/Long Island area in the '50s, people who enjoy baseball, or people who just enjoy reading about childhood experiences in different regions and times.

  • Sherri
    2018-11-17 08:33

    When I find a writer I really love, I always want to know more about her. I'm curious to know what it was about her childhood or family life or life experience that shaped her thinking and writing. Doris Kearns Goodwin is my favorite non-fiction writer, so when I recently discovered that she had written a short memoir about her childhood growing up in the suburbs of New York in 1950's and her passionate love of the Brooklyn Dodgers, I quickly scrounged up a copy (thank you Amazon) and read it in a couple days (something you can't do with all of her other books that weigh in around 900 pages).This book is really good, even for someone (like me) who cares nothing for baseball, and even for someone who has never read Goodwin's other books. It's a nostalgic, tender story about love of family and community and a certain snapshot of a period in American history that was the calm, idyllic lull before the larger social storms that raged in the 60's.

  • Toni
    2018-11-20 11:33

    This book was so enjoyable to read primarily because it so reminded me of my own childhood. Read "Barbara's" review, it's perfect. I could never do it any better. Enjoy!

  • Felisa Rosa
    2018-11-20 11:10

    Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin recounts her childhood in an idyllic New York suburb. The story revolves around Goodwin's obsession with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and how that obsession forged bonds in her family and community. I had to skim through some of the descriptions of baseball games, but I enjoyed this funny and kind-hearted memoir. Goodwin's depiction of her childhood obsessions and neurosis is amusing, and she creates an evocative portrait of a lost time. Although Goodwin is nostalgic, she also addresses how the dark side of the 1950s (such as the McCarthy hearings) affected her community and her own intellectual development. A good, fun read.

  • monica
    2018-12-13 08:33

    Touching coming of age memoir from the fifties. Women of a certain age will remember many of the same scenarios, from studying the Baltimore catechism while preparing for first Communion, to swapping baseball cards, riding far beyond the neighborhood on our bicycles, and being welcome in any family's house or seeing our mothers ironing in front of the television.

  • Amy
    2018-11-24 16:06

    9/10A couple of years ago, I attempted to listen to Team of Rivals (also written by Doris Kearns Goodwin). I hate to not finish books (especially good ones), but it was so long, and I couldn't finish it before it was due, and then there was a massive hold list...and so I gave up.But this book was different. For one thing, is was about 600 pages shorter. And because I love reading about the lives of other people, memoirs almost always hold my interest. But unlike other memoirs, this one sometimes masqueraded as a history, and I loved that aspect of it. In Goodwin's unique style, it was the perfect mix between the personal and the factual. She could talk about racism in Alabama and her mother's ill health and somehow tie it all together.The memoir is set in Brooklyn in the 1950's during Goodwin's childhood. Baseball is the unifying thread through the decade. I would say that you don't have to love baseball to love this book, but Mike also listened to it and definitely wasn't as taken in by the drama of it all like I was. Out of all ball-sports, baseball is the one I understand the best, so luckily I could follow most of the terminology. I think I also have more nostalgia attached to the sport than Mike does (although not nearly to Goodwin's extent). The ending (with the Dodgers finally winning the World Series and then moving to Los Angeles) was actually a little emotional for me.So whether you love baseball or not, this book will make you feel more American, making it the perfect read for summer.

  • Jeanne
    2018-11-17 14:29

    I can't wait until the next time I see Goodwin on Meet the Press . . . I'll feel like I'm watching an old friend. She shares an intimate account of her childhood in this memoir that is laughable, nostalgic, and tragic--but always filled with optimism. Today Goodwin is a renowned presidential historian, academic scholar, best selling author, and die hard Red Sox fan. She bubbles over when she talks to audiences and you can always envision the little girl in her, because of her overt enthusiasm for life. This story tells about some of the key events that got her to this place and this time and who she is today. And it is a story that was well researched (of course she delved into archives, did interviews etc. she is DKG! But don't worry--surprisingly this book is only a chapter in length compared to her many other great and lengthy works). Readers will learn more about how those olden days weren't always so great--like the time when her early school aged friends, inspired by the nationally televised Army-McCarthy hearings, put her on trial to expose her secrets and all potential threats she may pose. And then there is her family and the community she lived in that makes you want to visit that time and that place and share in the greatness of a bygone era that did have its upside.

  • Jaclyn
    2018-12-07 16:19

    Goodwin's book Wait Till Next Year is a nostalgic memoir flavored with her love of baseball and her family. Goodwin is known to most people as the Pulitzer Prize winning author and expert on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. In this book though she is just the girl next door who grew up idolizing her father and Jackie Robinson, and dreaming of the year when the Dodgers would win the pennant. If you don't have some appreciation for baseball, her details on the classic New York falls might grow tedious. I especially liked the historical references alongside some of the greatest moments baseball (the Giants' infamous "shot heard round the world" almost made me cheer out loud - awkward when you're on a train). I think Goodwin could have tightened a couple of her chapters - she was a little too detailed, but any girl who loves baseball this much is wonderful in my eyes. And just in case you were wondering, today is not only Valentine's Day - it's the first day of spring training. All pitchers are reporting to their respective camps - this could be our year. It could happen?!

  • Larry Deaton
    2018-12-11 10:19

    I finished Doris Kearn Goodwin's Wait Till Next Year yesterday. In this memoir, she recounts growing up as a Dodger fan in the NYC suburbs in the 1950s. Part of it is about the sadness of being a fan for a team that, like most teams, just didn't win it all at the end of any given season. (Of course, it gets sadder for her when the Dodgers leave Brooklyn to move to LA.)But most of all, it's the story of her family in a changing America. You get a mix of Jackie Robinson and her feelings about what was going on in Little Rock, Arkansas as it desegregated ... you get her observations about McCarthyism ... you have her insights in just a few paragraphs about the changing economic fortunes of the small storekeepers in her neighborhood, etc. It's not a great book, but it is a good book, and quite moving at times, especially as she relates the stories of her mother and father, who was the Chief Banking Examiner for the state of NY. And I enjoyed the ending as she becomes a Red Sox fan and passes on her love of baseball to her three sons.

  • Lauren
    2018-11-29 15:27

    Doris Kearns Goodwin delivers a moving memoir in Wait Till Next Year. She reminisces of her coming-of-age in a Long Island suburb, Rockville Center, in the 1950's, during the height of the rivalries between the New York baseball teams of the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, and Yankees. As a die-hard Dodgers fan, the author talks about her love of baseball being the basis of her relationship with her father. We see how her childhood changes with the introduction of television into suburban homes, the gradual phasing out of neighborhood shops such as the local butcher and pharmacy, and finally we see her say goodbye to her neighbors, as families move away from the city. I loved the addition of personal photographs to her memoir, along with the more well-known photographs of Ebbett's field, or the famous photo of Jackie Robinson stealing home. It is a beautifully well-written memoir that is full of nostalgic memories from the author's childhood.

  • Kate Schwarz
    2018-11-27 08:36

    This was a book handed to me by a librarian friend--given to me because I have been writing about children's baseball books for months. "I know you like baseball and this was leftover from the book sale." What a coincidence that I then shared the book with my grandfather, who at 92 suddenly has become a Reader, who played ball with many of the players talked about and rooted for by the author. He read it and recounted his years of playing ball with them through tears. I read it next and definitely appreciated the baseball-infused childhood but also loved how Catholic a childhood Goodwin had. Made me think of so many of my own uniform-clad moments if childhood in a sweet way. I will give it to my mom--who will love it the most, I think. This is a great memoir full of emotion and love for baseball, Catholicism, family, and America. Loved it.

  • Bev
    2018-11-18 10:15

    Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodman takes a break from writing presidential biographies ("Team of Rivals," "The Bully Pulpit," "No Ordinary Time," etc.) to write a very personal history of her childhood and growing up a Dodger fan. Goodwin is one month older than I and grew up in a home devoted to baseball. I didn't get interested in baseball until the Dodgers and Giants moved to California, one of the big losses in her life. This delightful coming of age story that parallels the history of baseball and brings back names I remember from my own childhood, like Jackie Robinson, PeeWee Reese, and the new kid, Willie Mays, is an absolute delight.

  • Elaine
    2018-12-03 08:19

    As a true baseball fan, I could not give this book less than a 5-star rating. LOVED seeing the 1950's NY baseball rivalries through the eyes of young Doris. Her friendships and associations with neighbors (and the butcher) all hinge on loyalty to the Yankees, Dodgers, or Giants. When television comes to the neighborhood, that changes everything. I would've been one of the kids racing home from school at lunchtime to watch the playoffs--most didn't go back in the afternoon, and parents were ok with that! Such a "real" story of family love, racial tension, pop culture, and pure love of the game!

  • Brooke Evans
    2018-11-22 15:36

    This was an engaging memoir, telling the story of DKG's childhood in the context of baseball as their community passtime. Her family rooted for the Brooklyn Dodgers, while many of her friends were Giants or Yankees fans. I loved the parts where she described her experiences with current events - the first televisions, the Cold War, McCarthyism, the space race, civil rights - I really enjoyed her tellings of these events not just as they happened, but regarding their relevance to her life. The themes are well written and the stories have heart - this was a great read.

  • Ron
    2018-12-10 13:25

    This is a great book for anyone who loves baseball and grew up in the 40's and 50's when the Dodgers and Giants were still in Brooklyn and New York and were winning world series titles. It is also the memoirs of Doris Gearns Goodwin when she was a kid growing up in Long Island in the 50's with a very nostalgic look back at a less complicated America of that time.

  • Melanie
    2018-11-28 11:20

    This an autobiography by a biographer. I enjoyed this book combing a happy childhood with the love of baseball. I'm now eager to see Ken Burns Baseball documentary and wanting to read up on Gil Hodges. There are times that I laughed out loud and times I wanted to cry, This was a very enjoyable book to read.

  • Steph (loves water)
    2018-11-24 11:24

    Not a big fan of anything New York, but I enjoyed this memoir. It's nice to read something written by a woman in a genre that's usually the bastion of men. There are many women baseball fans; it's nice to read the memoirs of an intelligent, talented writer like Ms. Goodwin.

  • Hapzydeco
    2018-11-24 09:14

    Read during the 2014 World Series. Doris Kearns Goodwin retelling of 50’s baseball history helped to recall my fond memories of the Yankees and Dodger rivalry. While perhaps best read during the baseball season, this memoir resonates for all seasons.

  • Janet
    2018-12-12 15:18

    I'm a sucker for baseball books. This was a quick read and really enjoyable. Only thing that would have made it better would have been if the author was an O's fan.

  • Kathy
    2018-11-28 11:18

    The story of a young girl's love of baseball, by a master storyteller.

  • Patrick
    2018-12-07 08:36

    You've probably seen Doris Kearns Goodwin all over PBS in the last twenty years or so... she's a historian that is often called upon for background regarding current events, or to add her expertise to documentaries.She is also a rabid baseball fan.As a fan of Detroit's long-suffering sports teams (I grew up in Toledo, the "armpit" of Detroit), it's very easy to relate to Kearns Goodwin's heartaches as regards the Brooklyn Dodgers, her favourite team as a youngster. Year after year, the Dodgers would find a way to not win the pennant or the World Series. And then they moved to Los Angeles!Eventually, she became a Red Sox fan and, well... more heartache.This is a terrific memoir made even better if you're familiar with Kearns' television appearances, particularly in Ken Burns' Baseball, as her love for the game shines through.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-11 14:14

    You may think this book won't resonate with everyone but even if you're not a baby boomer or you don't love baseball Goodwin is a master storyteller and you can't help feel you are reminiscing with her about days gone by. I'm a little younger than she but I remember simpler days. I loved this book

  • Heather
    2018-12-17 11:13

    This book is everything I want and need from a memoir. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin shares her compelling personal life-story within the context of growing up in America in the 1950s. I learned so much history as I read her childhood story of being a diehard Brooklyn Dodgers fan. She describes in context the Cold War, McCarthyism, the space race, suburban growth, school integration and more. An excellent read and absolutely one of my all time favorite memoirs.

  • Suzanne
    2018-11-28 13:23

    This was a quick read filled with nostalgia. I'm about 10 years younger than Goodwin , but easily related to her childhood experience of suburban, almost idyllic life on Long Island. Doors were open, doctors lived on the street and made house calls, TVs were in large consoles though their screens were small and their antennas had to be fiddled with and Howdie Doodie was the Saturday show of choice. Moms watched Soaps and wore aprons, and dads went to work in suits and drank martinis.In the Preface, Godwin explains why she was inspired to write this memoir. Baseball was important to Goodwin, her father Michel Kearns, Rockville Center and most of America. She was asked about baseball by Ken Burns for a documentary. In contrast, my family was and probably still is out of step with the world and we didn't and don't participate in the annual spring, summer and fall idolatry of the Pin Stripes and their calculus and logarithms. That being said, baseball is a national "treasure". It created a bond between Doris and her father and was a focal point for her community as the U.S. edged away from WW II, past the Korean War and through the Cold War and Space Race. As a historian she put these facts together the way she filled out score card for each game, neatly, methodically and with attention to detail.She described her parents impoverished childhoods, their great love and their journey from the metropolis of Brooklyn to their tiny bit of heaven in Rockville Center. She discussed the role of the Catholic Church in her family life and in her community.My parents with $5 were also able to put a down payment on a new house in a new development built in the middle of potato fields about 15 miles north of the older, more established Rockville Center. Although I'm younger than Goodwin, I could see the same neighborhood that she described. I also knew everyone on the street, walked to kindergarten on my own and played outside until it was dark with no fear of dangers or strangers. The polio vaccine came out when I was young and I remember every child being brought into the elementary school for the dose. We didn't have the fear of polio which the Kearns had, though it struck my aunt as it did Doris' sister.Godwin's preoccupation with baseball did not interest me. Her stories about the bomb drills and storing of canned foods, neighbors knowing each other, helping each other and eventually moving to larger houses rang true. Her interest in the Mc Carthy Era, the Rosenberg Trial and even integrating schools was really before my time. Yet, things were so different, but exactly the same. I still have no interest in baseball and didn't even think of Jackie Robinson's contribution to the history and evolution of the U. S. until watching the fabulous movie, 42, this summer.I selected this memoir because I liked watching Joyce Kearns Goodwin on tv, I was looking for a memoir, and it was very inexpensive on the Kindle. It did and didn't disappoint. The blurb made the book sound like it was going to go further than it did. Wait Til Next Year stopped when Goodwin was about 15, just mentioning that she had gone on to college and had become a historian.If you're a baseball fan or interested in a way of life which is quickly becoming extinct, you'll probably enjoy this.

  • Eva Thieme
    2018-12-09 09:27

    Doris Kearns Goodwin is a superb writer, no ifs or buts about it. She could write a washing machine manual and I’d probably still gobble it up. She has a gift of conjuring up the past so vividly, so real, so believable, that you feel as if you’re right there with her as it’s happening. You can feel the excitement as she’s waiting for her father to come home from work so she can read him the baseball stats she painstakingly put together from that day’s game on the radio, you can hear the cheers in the ballpark as she gets to go to her very first Brooklyn Dodgers game, you are holding your breath with her when it comes down to the final strike and the final out in the last game of the season, you simply become that little girl with all her dreams and hopes and sometimes disappointments of growing up in 1950s America.I don’t think you have to be a baseball fan to love this book. It’s simply a good memoir all around. But if you love baseball, especially in the glory days of Jackie Robinson (who is Goodwin’s hero) you’re in for a particular treat. I don’t know what it is about that era, but it always has an especially strong pull on me. There were parallels to John Grisham’s A Painted House – an atypical Grisham novel set in 1950s Arkansas that in my opinion is among Grisham’s best – in that it also has the fate of a beloved baseball team as its central thread, together with the outsize role played by radio broadcasts of the games. We might have many more modern conveniences today, we might be better off in so many ways, but being transported back into this golden era of baseball by the magic of Goodwin’s storytelling will leave you with an almost painful yearning for a simpler, more wholesome world.