The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

Book - 2001
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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohiointroduces Evelyn Ryan, an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. Standing up to the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated ideas about women, Evelyn turned every financial challenge into an opportunity for innovation, all the while raising her six sons and four daughters with the belief that miracles are an everyday occurrence. The inspiration for a major motion picture, Evelyn Ryan's story is told by her daughter Terry with an infectious joy that shows how a winning spirit and sense of humor can triumph over adversity every time.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2001.
ISBN: 9781416510819
1416510818
Characteristics: 348 pages

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

Do you love to enter contests? Before today's era of sweepstakes, the heyday of contests of the 1950s and 1960s required entrants to compose witty poetry, prose and jingles. Meet Evelyn Ryan, who defied her Church, alcoholic husband and society's views of housewives, by keeping her family out of the poorhouse with her winning ways.

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erinsnest
Jul 04, 2012

Started June 29, finished July 2, 2012. Had to read this one in record time, to get it back to the library before I went on holidays! This was the real life of an amazing but ordinary woman. I guess depression was not heard of in her day! She was so smart in so many ways and did an amazing job of raising her 10 children. I think her accomplishment would be equal to, if not greater than, climbing Mount Everest! (But bananas in the dryer! hilarious!)

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clawedK
Jan 19, 2008

This was a wonderful book, about a really brave, smart and funny lady who held her family together through some pretty grim times, as well as a fascinating look at 1950s pop culture and the contest mania that swept through it. Highly recommended!

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