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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less
The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less
Author: Terry Ryan
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. Evelyn's winning ways defied the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated views of housewives. To her, flouting convention was a small price to p...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743211239
ISBN-10: 0743211235
Publication Date: 4/2/2002
Pages: 352
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4 stars, based on 92 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Paperback
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The true story of a woman's triumph over adversity in 25 words or less. A really inspiring read.
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An amusing , yet realistic, account of the life of a family of 10 children, an alcoholic father and a mother trying to hold the household together with her contesting winnings. Very good!
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This is the story of a mother of 10 children and the wife of an alcoholic husband who won contestmoney and prizes to keep her family clothed and fed in an era when women didn't work outside the home. It is a story of one woman's desperate fight to keep her family out of poverty and full of humor and the postive attitude that made life bearable for her children.
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I received the book today in the mail from another member and couldn't wait to start reading it. 6 1/2 hours later I had finished it and couldn't believe how much I had enjoyed it. I will admit that I cried for the entire last chapter. I rarely read anything but fiction but I truly believe this is a book most people can get something out of and enjoy. I went onto the website to email the author, who happens to be the sixth child of the main character. I found out to my dismay that she had passed on in 2007. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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Really fun, easy read. This woman had a lot of determination and talent!
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reviewed The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less on + 7 more book reviews
I loved this book on so many levels.

First off, the story of Terry Ryan's mother, Evelyn, and her talent for contesting and, indeed, for living life and rising above challenges is heartwarming. Then again, you've got a vivid, if understated, portrayal of what many Catholic families faced in the '50's when living with an abusive alcoholic. There was virtually no support. A woman was to "put up and shut up." And yet Terry, AKA "Tuffy," does not appear to be bitter about her dad, but rather grateful, another testimony to the grace of her mother.

Highly recommended.
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I enjoyed reading this book. I remember the juggle contests of the 1950s and 1960s. Evelen Ryan was a typical housewife of her time. She stayed home raising her kids, taking pride in her home and family. She kept her family from poverty with her poetry and contesting. Somehow her jingle winnings always arrived just in time to keep food on the table or shoes on her children's feet. She won sewing machines, washers and dryers, dancing shoes, roller skates, trips and, of course, money. She once provided Christmas for all the children from the things in her prize closet. That's where she kept all the prizes she won. This book is an enjoyable read and I hope you have an opportunity to read it.
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This was an excellent book. I read it before the movie came out. The movie, by the way, was a very good representation of the book.


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