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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2001)

by Terry Ryan

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parts of the book were a bit tedious, but it was interesting that the author's mother chose to stay with the alcoholic father, that didn't support the family. The excuse was that in the '50's and '60's women did NOT leave/divorce their husbands. I think this mother would have done better without the husband. The ending is good though. ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
This was recommended to me by a good friend, and it was an interesting and pleasant distraction from some heavier reading I have planned. An enjoyable memoir written by a daughter about her mother, particularly focusing on her mother's talent for writing advertisements and jingles for competitions in the 50's and 60's. Along the way, she provides a view of growing up on the very edge of poverty with a large family and an alcoholic father. I particularly loved the contest entries that are included in each chapter. Clearly, Evelyn Ryan was an intelligent and witty woman who found satisfaction, friendships, and monetary reward in her contesting. ( )
  duchessjlh | Jan 12, 2017 |
I recently finished this great book. The author is the daughter of Evelyn Ryan, a fiesty, resilient mother of 10, who writes jingles and ads for contests. The story is mainly about her contesting.. but I am getting more 'umph' from the author's story behind the story: how her mother manages with 10 children, a drunken husband and a car that falls apart for years, washing machines and other appliances that die every month, not enough money for food and constant trips to the emergency room.. and yet everyone survives. That alone inspires me. I am looking for more stories like this one. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
Great fun but also touching. Story of a family with an alcoholic dad and an literary minded and clever mother who manages the impossible: a reasonable quality of life for 10 kids.
  newnoz | Aug 6, 2016 |
had to give up halfway though....couldnt follow the story with all the verses and entries scattered on each page throughout the story ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
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Terry Ryan describes how her mother, a former journalist, managed to support a family of ten children, as well as an alcoholic husband, by writing jingles and winning numerous contests in the 1950s and 1960s.
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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio introduces 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.

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The author describes her mother Evelyn's struggles with poverty in the 1950s as she tried to build a happy home for her ten children, with the help of wit, poetry, and prose during the contest era of the 1950s and 1960s.

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