As a librarian, I love it when a patron recommends a book they found particularly interesting. At the recent Oshtemo Library Book Group, we were discussing The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. One of the ladies in the group commented that it reminded her of The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio: How my mother raised 10 kids on 25 words or less – a book the group had done several years ago.
This book, published in 2001 and authored by one of the woman’s 10 kids is a great read! It tells the story of the hardscrabble life this family led in the 1950’s and 60’s, and the story of how their mother entered and won many of the contests offered by companies for jingles, advertising slogans or poems. The book was also made into a movie, which KPL also owns.
It’s a story of optimism, and luck in the face of circumstances that might turn others to despair. The author does not look for pity, but in fact is proud that she and all her brothers and sisters have turned out to be happy, productive members of society. And the story of how her mother won so many contests – often just in the nick of time – makes for a really fun book!
Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio