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This kind of story always makes me feel really feisty it s about the author s mother who overcame the disadvantages of an alcoholic husband and poverty to raise 10 children and then I realize, I am not living in poverty, and my husband is about as far from abusive as you can get So, I guess the real take home message is not to let your disadvantages define you, and to be the sort of person who gets out and does something about their problems rather than sit by and whine about them This stor This kind of story always makes me feel really feisty it s about the author s mother who overcame the disadvantages of an alcoholic husband and poverty to raise 10 children and then I realize, I am not living in poverty, and my husband is about as far from abusive as you can get So, I guess the real take home message is not to let your disadvantages define you, and to be the sort of person who gets out and does something about their problems rather than sit by and whine about them This story was well written with the exception of listing out twenty examples of the entries she wrote for each contest mentioned I just didn t care that much, although a few of them were amusing also, one conversation with her mother about how she felt powerless against her father s alcolholism that felt apocryphal no one, let alone a 13 year old girl, manages to get their deepest parental related angst out in one two page conversation that actually begins about their mother not winning a contest and interesting, and it was fun to learn a bitabout these contests companies would sponsor through the 50s and 60s In some ways you have to feel like our culture has lost a bit without them I was surprised to learn that there were actual clubs and magazines for people whoor less professionally entered them Who knew I was also a bit jealous the closest I ve ever come to anyone winning anything even remotely major was when my sister Danielle won 1st place in the K Mart easter egg hunt and won a brand new Super Nintendo when she waswhat, 7 Maybe not that old, but it was a big deal for us I read this book several years ago, shortly after it was published, and I loved it Entertaining, uplifting, and incredibly inspiring, it is the true story of a remarkable mother of 10 children who held her family together financially by clipping and using coupons, entering contests, and submitting jingles for advertising contests She is optimistic with a strong sense of humorSometimes it feels like I live in a circus and all the animals are loose,and there are some parts that are very fun I read this book several years ago, shortly after it was published, and I loved it Entertaining, uplifting, and incredibly inspiring, it is the true story of a remarkable mother of 10 children who held her family together financially by clipping and using coupons, entering contests, and submitting jingles for advertising contests She is optimistic with a strong sense of humorSometimes it feels like I live in a circus and all the animals are loose,and there are some parts that are very funny But there are also some sad ones The book is written by one of her daughters who comments,From then on, we knew there could never be a problem bigger than Mom s ability to solve it we knew that as long as we used our brains, we were not victims By striking out to write our own ticket, we would grow up to be like our mother, winnersI highly recommend it What I learned from this book is that you don t have to have a perfect life to be happy Evelyn Ryan chooses to be happy in spite of numerous trials and setbacks, which would turn someone like me into a bitter old woman Reading this book made me think that if she could raise her 10 children under her circumstances without regret, then maybe I can do a little better with my three kids, and keep apositive outlook I also love the writing in this book, both Terry and Evelyn s writing I am r What I learned from this book is that you don t have to have a perfect life to be happy Evelyn Ryan chooses to be happy in spite of numerous trials and setbacks, which would turn someone like me into a bitter old woman Reading this book made me think that if she could raise her 10 children under her circumstances without regret, then maybe I can do a little better with my three kids, and keep apositive outlook I also love the writing in this book, both Terry and Evelyn s writing I am reminded of my aunt, who has an amazing vocabulary and a talent for poetry and witty phrases I wish I had a littleof that ability This book is an amazing and true story It is a very quick read and I highly recommend to all The book written by one of 10 children is steeped in Midwest 1950 s atmosphere and tells the story of how a woman, Evelyn Ryan, used her intellect, initiative, and common sense to turn lemons into lemonade and provide for her children while burdened with a worse than useless my opinion , violent and abusive husband, Kelly Ryan Many women did not work in the period and if they did it was menial and This book is an amazing and true story It is a very quick read and I highly recommend to all The book written by one of 10 children is steeped in Midwest 1950 s atmosphere and tells the story of how a woman, Evelyn Ryan, used her intellect, initiative, and common sense to turn lemons into lemonade and provide for her children while burdened with a worse than useless my opinion , violent and abusive husband, Kelly Ryan Many women did not work in the period and if they did it was menial and for puny wages The husband who worked for the period that he was able would get his wages at the end of the month, paid all the family s bills sometimes , and stashed the rest of the cash in his wallet doling out the bare minimum sometimes for absolute essentials only and drank away the rest He was a mean drunk and although I am perhaps insensitive to the father s husband s own personal internal demons he was, quite frankly, a totally unlikable character who terrorized his family, smashed dishes and furniture, flung pots and shouted abuse at his wife, children, and neighbors among his numerous other less than charming characteristics I suppose his one redeeming character trait is that when he was sober, he was somewhat able to demonstrate love for his children The heroine of this novel and she truly fits the bill is Evelyn, wife and mother, who holds the family together and succeeds in filling the deep financial void by entering nearly every contest appearing on labels and box tops a popular 1950 s advertising gimmick writing poems, jingles, stories, and entering every contest she could that provided prizes of cash, appliances, food, bicycles encyclopedias, accordion lessonsyou name it and she entered a contest to win it She was very, very good at winning contests and she is to be credited for keeping food on the table and a roof over their heads Since the wolf was always at the door, this was a fulltime occupation for her which she handled with aplomb and great skill her mind was ever churning on how to turn a product into potential income, sustenance, or welfare for her family PWDO was made into an excellent movie in 2005 with the brilliant Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, as Evelyn and Kelly Ryan I really enjoyed this nonfictional account of a 1950s stay at home mom of ten children who kept the family clothed and fed by winning slogan contests Her husband Kelly had a job at a machinery but drank away a big chunk of his paycheck a pint of whiskey and a six pack of beer every night , so Evelyn Ryan relied on her clever wit to compensate.The film based on the book is pretty true to the story What I like about the book, though which I read after seeing the movie , is reading all the rhym I really enjoyed this nonfictional account of a 1950s stay at home mom of ten children who kept the family clothed and fed by winning slogan contests Her husband Kelly had a job at a machinery but drank away a big chunk of his paycheck a pint of whiskey and a six pack of beer every night , so Evelyn Ryan relied on her clever wit to compensate.The film based on the book is pretty true to the story What I like about the book, though which I read after seeing the movie , is reading all the rhymes the winners and the losers Evelyn wrote while ironing or doing other chores Terry Ryan weaves these verses well into the narrative so that it all flows For example, if the dad has had an alcohol fueled episode, we get to read a touching yet completely fantasy based poem about why Kelly Ryan should be named father of the year, or the following contest entry for Dial Soap I m glad I use Dial It s the one bar in town With a chaser for troubles Plain water can t drownI also enjoyed all the anecdotes and disaster stories you d expect to happen in a family with 10 kids Through it all, Mrs Ryan never loses her positive attitude and always makes the best of every situation The part where she goes on the 10 minute grocery store shopping spree brought a tear to my eye while I was reading on the bus.I felt sad for this family s situation during many points of the story, but as I kept reading I felt increasingly angry with those current day families who are stretched to the limit on credit yet still buying luxury items as if they need them If the Ryans didn t have the cash, they didn t buy milk or new shoes They never went out to dinner Twelve people slept in a two bedroom house before Mrs Ryan won a 3,000 grand prize that afforded them the opportunity to buy a home with four bedrooms.There is so much to love about this true story I would recommend it to anyone 4 starsThis is such a heartwarming story that I am surprised it has taken me until now to add it to my read shelves, let alone take the time to at least write a short review Perhaps it is because it was on loan for so long to family and friends Now that I actually have it in hand, all I need to do is flip through the pages, complete with black and white pictures of family members, contest entries and or rules, sometimes blank, sometimes completed with a typewritten entry, to remember why I re 4 starsThis is such a heartwarming story that I am surprised it has taken me until now to add it to my read shelves, let alone take the time to at least write a short review Perhaps it is because it was on loan for so long to family and friends Now that I actually have it in hand, all I need to do is flip through the pages, complete with black and white pictures of family members, contest entries and or rules, sometimes blank, sometimes completed with a typewritten entry, to remember why I read this biography written by middle child, Terry in one sitting Terry Ryan was fortunate to have memorabilia and hosts of people to assist her in memories of those days during the 1950 s and 60 s Not to take anything away from the author, because it is Terry s perceptive portrayal and fluid writing that makes this biography so unique Terry s love and respect for her mother can be read between the lines throughout the story And well she would Who would believe a woman could, despite her alcoholic husband, write enough winning jingles to keep a family of ten children fed, clothed, sheltered and loved, throughout their years growing up in post war America.The book brought back many memories for me, for which I appreciated the read very much A bonus was turning to the Afterward to read this, written by sister, Betsy Looking through these things she left for us in the months after she died allowed us to see, piece by piece, what she was all about, and to appreciate her true accomplishment I have a recurring dream about my mother She is sitting on her living room couch, holding this book in her hands This is wonderful, she is saying, with tears in her eyes But where did you find all of this material Where did it all come from From you, Mom It came from you.As I said at the outset, this is a touching, inspirational story That s why it appears to have been passed from person to person before finding its way back to my bookshelves I don t want to mislead anyone I usually reserve five star ratings for books that are life changing and a profound reading experience, and this was neither But, try as I might, I couldn t come up with a good reason to take off a star and felt dishonest doing it simply to preserve a snooty image This family memoir was honest and revealing without being bitter, sweet and uplifting without being sentimental Like Cheaper by the Dozen, it was the story of a quirky but happy large 10 kids family I don t want to mislead anyone I usually reserve five star ratings for books that are life changing and a profound reading experience, and this was neither But, try as I might, I couldn t come up with a good reason to take off a star and felt dishonest doing it simply to preserve a snooty image This family memoir was honest and revealing without being bitter, sweet and uplifting without being sentimental Like Cheaper by the Dozen, it was the story of a quirky but happy large 10 kids family Unlike Cheaper by the Dozen, there was a dark side to the story with the father s alcoholism and abuse and the family s dire poverty Yet, this book was not Angela s Ashes or The Glass Castle either Evelyn Ryan, the family matriarch, maintained her relentless optimism against serious odds and supplemented the family income in a creative and unusual way by addictively participating in jingle contests for a wide variety of products and frequently winning both useful and useless prizes More than a hobby, Evelyn s wins kept the family afloat Eventually, Evelyn learned that contesting was a popular activity among other 1950s housewives and discovered a support system of women in similar situations who helped each other by sharing news of new contests and giving each other helpful feedback on their entries This book won t change your life in any way, but it s a touching and enjoyable read Kinda makes you wish they still had contests requiring skill, rather than the random drawings of modern sweepstakes I m pretty good with words I probably coulda won me some cool stuff. Mix together A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, or The Glass Castle for the drunken dad and the poverty and Cheaper by the Dozen or even our own home in Orem, Utah, in the 50 s, and you get the feel of this book Author Terry Ryan lived in my own era, and she captures it perfectly Hey, their family was evendeprived than we were And I remember entering those contests, where you complete a jingle in 25 words or less But I had no idea I was competing against women who wrote jingles full tim Mix together A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, or The Glass Castle for the drunken dad and the poverty and Cheaper by the Dozen or even our own home in Orem, Utah, in the 50 s, and you get the feel of this book Author Terry Ryan lived in my own era, and she captures it perfectly Hey, their family was evendeprived than we were And I remember entering those contests, where you complete a jingle in 25 words or less But I had no idea I was competing against women who wrote jingles full time, while they did their ironing, and I didn t know you could submit dozens of entries for each contest But I m not bitter I don t mind that I never won, especially now that I know the prize money went to a family who needed it so much So I highly recommend this book But if you listen to the narrated version by Carrington McDuffie, I have to warn you, she s way over dramatic and over enthusiastic You re probably better off with the print version ^FREE PDF ⇦ The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less ↠ Evelyn Ryan, wife of an alcoholic husband and mother of ten children, lived in a small town in a time and place when women did not seek jobs outside the home When finances ran low, feeling desperate, she turned to her parish priest who suggested she take in laundry Ryan had to laugh at the advice because she could barely keep up with her own family s washing and ironing A lesser woman might have succumbed to poverty, but she was determined to keep her family financially afloat and to teach her children that the life of the mind was important In the early s, Ryan started entering contests, composing her jingles, poems, and essays at the ironing board She won household appliances, bikes, watches, clocks, and, occasionally, cash She won a freezer, and several weeks later, she won a supermarket shopping spree When the family was faced with eviction, she received afirst place check from the regional Western Auto Store Ryan s unconventionality and sense of humor triumphed over poverty, and her persistence makes the reader cheer her on