On a friend’s recommendation, I read The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less. It’s about a clever woman who supplemented her family’s income in the 1950s by entering jingle contests. This article gives you an idea of the kind of book this is.
Part of the reason I think I loved it so much is for the depiction of 1950s and 1960s America. Ryan even includes pictures of sample entries and contests. Fast, engaging read.