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

By Terry Ryan, Suze Orman (Foreword by)
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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.

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.

Praise For…


-- USA Today

"Nabs first prize in the memoir genre."

-- People (Book of the Week)


-- San Francisco Chronicle

"A good-natured memoir as compelling as a commercial jingle."

-- O, The Oprah Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780743273930
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 30th, 2005
Pages: 352