''I have always said that if I didn't write with a Texas accent, I would have been lynched by now.''
Molly Ivins was a Texas treasure: an irreverent populist who used plain speech to seek social justice and to crack a good joke. Since her death in 2007, her millions of fans, trying to parse the astonishing turns our country has taken, have wondered, ''What would Molly say?''
She left plenty of clues: books, hundreds of columns, media interviews and speeches.
Twin sisters Allison Engel and Margaret Engel mined that legacy for their one-woman play Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. Starring Kathleen Turner in productions in Philadelphia; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Berkeley, Calif.; and Minneapolis, their play was the genesis of the 2019 film documentary Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins.
Clearly, a great hunger still exists for Molly's wit and wisdom. For this book, the Engels have picked the funniest, most outrageous and most memorable utterances that defined this Texas legend.