|About the Book|
Molly ONeills father believed that baseball was his familys destiny. He wanted to spawn enough sons for an infield, so he married the tallest woman in Columbus, Ohio. Molly came out first, but eventually her fathers plan prevailed. Five boysMoreMolly ONeills father believed that baseball was his familys destiny. He wanted to spawn enough sons for an infield, so he married the tallest woman in Columbus, Ohio. Molly came out first, but eventually her fathers plan prevailed. Five boys followed in rapid succession and the youngest, Paul ONeill, did, in fact, grow up to be the star right fielder for the New York Yankees. In Mostly True, celebrated food critic and writer ONeill tells the story of her quintessentially American family and the places where they come together -- around the table and on the ball field. Mollys great-grandfather played on one of the earliest traveling teams in organized baseball, her grandfather played barnstorming ball, and her father pitched in the minor leagues, but after being sidelined with an injury in the war, he set his sights on the next generation. While her brothers raged and struggled to become their own men, Molly, appointed Deputy Mom at an age when most girls were playing with dolls, learned early how to be the model Midwestern homemaker and began casting about wildly for other possible destinies. As her mother cleaned fanatically and produced elaborate, healthy meals, Molly spoiled her bro-thers with skyscraper cakes, scribbled reams of poetry, and staged theatrical productions in the backyard. By the late 1960s, the Woodstock Nation had challenged some of the ONeill values, but nothing altered their conviction that only remarkable achievement could save them.Mostly True is the uncommon chronicle of a regular family pursuing the American dream and of one girls quest to find her place in a world built for boys. Molly ONeill -- an independent, extraordinarily talented, and fiercely funny woman -- showed that home runs can be hit in many fields. Her memoir is glorious.