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Bookcover for The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan"The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" by Terry Ryan

Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 19, 2019. Read by Catherine Brand.

Terry Ryan's mother Evelyn was amazing. She raised 10 children, and supported her alcoholic husband, by entering -- and winning one out of four -- popular contests in the 1950's. She wrote jingles, and poems, and a hundred variations on why one company or another was the best ever. Terry's memoir is witty, warm-hearted, and touching. It's also a clear-eyed view of the hardships her mother faced and overcame.

(Simon & Schuster; ISBN-10: 0743211227)

Theme: A selection of themes from television shows of the 50's and 60's: Donna Reed, Ozzie & Harriet, Danny Thomas, Father Knows Best, Ed Sullivan, The Honeymooners.


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