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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
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Feb 10, 11

bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in February, 2011

This is a great read. Completely different from what I was expecting--it is about a woman who had a writing "career" through public writing contests (marketing jingles, slogans, etc.). She scraped by on a few dollars a month, took care of her ten children, put up with an alcoholic husband, and was cheerful and positive throughout everything. I was especially touched by the way her little children would try to protect her from her husband when he was drunk. It offers insight into the life a large family struggling financially and is filled with humorous anecdotes. I'm excited to watch the movie.
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Quotes Elise Liked

“Writer's Resolution
Enough's Enough! No more shall I
Pursue the Muse and scorch the pie
Or dream of Authoring a book
When I (unhappy soul) must cook;
Or burn the steak while I wool-gather,
And stir my spouse into a lather
Invoking words like "Darn!" and such
And others that are worse (Oh, much!)
Concerning culinary knack
Which I (HE says) completely lack.
I'll keep my mind upon my work;
I'll learn each boresome cooking quirk;
This day shall mark a new leaf's turning...
That smell! Oh Hell! The beans are burning!”
Terry Ryan, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less


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