This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry…

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2001)

by Terry Ryan

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,1254111,608 (3.79)52
Evelyn Ryan was an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay and turned advertising slogan contests into opportunities for fun and profit.



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 52 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 41 (next | show all)
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 |
Showing 1-5 of 41 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


No library descriptions found.

Book description
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.
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.79)
1 3
1.5 1
2 20
2.5 6
3 74
3.5 14
4 103
4.5 15
5 69

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 141,714,177 books! | Top bar: Always visible