Evelyn Ryan was an enterprising woman who kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the "contest era" of the 1950s and 1960s. From her frenetic supermarket shopping spree - worth $3,000 today - to her clever entries worthy of Erma Bombeck, Dorothy Parker, and Ogden Nash, Evelyn Ryan's story shows how a winning spirit will triumph over the poverty of circumstance.
The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come discover that they must answer for their shocking holiday blunders. The three careless spooks misunderstood the slurred words of a toothless Jacob Marley and accidentally haunted Albert Netterscrudge instead of Ebenezer Scrooge. As a result of their visitations, Albert inspires a generation of ghost hunters. Christmas transforms from a holiday of spiritual good will to a holiday of seeking spirits.