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This collection of short, action-filled stories of the Old West's most egregiously badly behaved female outlaws, gamblers, soiled doves, and other wicked women offers a glimpse into the Western women's experience that's less sunbonnets and more six-shooters. During the late 1800s, while men were settling the new frontier and rushing off to the latest boomtowns, women of easy virtue found wicked lives west of the Mississippi when they followed fortune hunters seeking gold and land in an unsettled territory. Prostitutes and female gamblers hoped to capitalize on the vices of the intrepid pioneers. Pulling together stories of ladies caught in the acts of mayhem, distraction, murder, and highway robbery, Wicked Women includes famous names like Belle Starr and Big Nose Kate as well as lesser known characters.
©2015 Chris Enss (P)2015 Tantor
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By William R. Toddmancillas on 09-15-15

Strong Women Out West

If you could sum up Wicked Women in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, Daring, Informative.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favorite. All of the ladies were special.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the madam shoots her lover one night, misses, then shoots him the next.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


Any additional comments?

Fun read.

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By Sandra Barr on 11-11-17

Brave Women of the West

I loved this book. It was very well performed and was very entertaining. The book basically is several short venuettes of different women known in the West from about 1870 until 1920. Several are orphans or young women with no education; they are all smart, resilient, and creative. It left me wondering “how would I survive given the same circumstances.” It would be a great read for women’s’ studies. Read it; you won’t be disappointed!

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