The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

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Evelyn Ryan was an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay and turned advertising slogan contests into opportunities for fun and profit.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, [2014?], ©2001
ISBN: 9780743211239
0743211235
Branch Call Number: 306.85097 R958p 2001
Characteristics: 351 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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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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