The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Movie Tie-in: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

3.91 avg rating
( 11,872 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780743550895: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Movie Tie-in: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

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 1950's and 1960's.

Stepping back into a time when fledgling advertising agencies were active partners with consumers, Terry Ryan tells how her mother kept the family afloat by writing jingles and contest entries. Mom's winning ways defied the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated views of housewives. To her, flouting convention was a small price to pay when it came to securing a happy hame for her six sons and four daughters. Evelyn, who would surely be a Madison Avenue executive if she were working today, composed her jingles not in the boardroom, but at the ironing board.

Evelyn Ryan won every appliance her family ever owned by entering contests. It wasn't just the winning that was miraculous; it was the timing. If a toaster died, one was sure to arrive in the mail from a forgotten contest. Graced with a rare appreciation for life's inherent hilarity, Evelyn turned every financial challege into an opportunity for fun and profit.

From her frenetic supermarket shopping spree -- worth $3,000 today -- to her clever entries worthy of Erma Bombeck, Dorothy Parker, and Ogden Nash, Evelyn Ryan's spirit will triumph over the poverty of circumstance.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Publisher:

"A good-natured memoir as compelling as a commercial jingle."--Judith Stone, O Magazine

"Nabs first prize in the memoir genre."--Book of the Week, People

About the Author:

Terry Ryan, the sixth of Evelyn Ryan's ten children, was a consultant on the film adaptation of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. She lives in San Francisco, California.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780743211239: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0743211235 ISBN 13:  9780743211239
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2002
Softcover

9780743211222: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

Simon ..., 2001
Hardcover

9780743273930: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

Simon ..., 2005
Softcover

9781416510819: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

Pocket..., 2005
Softcover

9780641830501: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less

Simon ..., 2005
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Terry Ryan
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio (2005)
ISBN 10: 0743550897 ISBN 13: 9780743550895
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster Audio, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0743550897

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 38.02
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Ryan, Terry
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio (2005)
ISBN 10: 0743550897 ISBN 13: 9780743550895
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Simon & Schuster Audio, 2005. Audio CD. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110743550897

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 65.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Terry Ryan
ISBN 10: 0743550897 ISBN 13: 9780743550895
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0743550897

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 83.20
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds