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Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir
by Goodwin, Doris Kearns
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1. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize winning, historical biographer. It is an unusual departure for her to write about herself. Did you decide to read this book to learn about her or to read about the Brooklyn Dodgers?
2. Kearns Goodwin suggests that her childhood and her love for baseball are too entwined to tell either story separately. After reading her memoir, do you agree? Can you think of any organization that was so entwined with your own childhood?
3. In ways, Kearns Goodwin romanticizes the post-war era as she describes her close and safe community. Do you think that what she describes is unique to that era or can you find it today?
4. Doris Kearns Goodwin describes a traditional upbringing, was it? Do you think most fathers in that era encouraged their daughters' interest in baseball? Did families of different religions usually interact fluidly?
5. Was there anything in Kearns Goodwin's childhood memoir that suggested to you that she would become a famous presidential biographer?
6. The 1950's were part on Baseball's glory days. Do you think Baseball is still important in people's lives today? Do any professional sports teams achieve similar regional loyalty? Is regional loyalty still relevant in today's global community?
7. The title, "Wait Until Next Year," is the perennial promise of the Dodgers. When did you realize this connection?
8. Have you read any of Doris Kearns Goodwin's other books? Are you more or less interested in reading one after finishing this book?
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