As they head into the cornfields and manure-smells of the Midwest, growing ever-closer to Hennick’s dysfunctional family, Hennick agonizes over how much of his own brokenness he can reveal to his child. He considers taking a break from his hard-won sobriety; it would surely be easier than being a perfect father, or confronting his past. Raw, wry, and perceptive, Hennick’s memoir overflows with anxious love.
... moving ... Along the way, father and son grew closer through stirring and educational conversations about the racial politics of skin color and baseball history in Cooperstown, New York, as well as challenging swimming lessons ... Parents will find a great amount of relatable material in Hennick’s affecting, often poignant memoir ... A tender and engrossing travelogue that fully embodies 'what it means to be a man and a father.'