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 nineteenth century, while men were settling the new frontier and rushing off to the latest boom towns, 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.
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by Mette Ivie Harrison
by Chris Crutcher
by Chris Matthews
by Chris Brogan
by Chris Fabry
by Chris Rogers
by Chris Barton
"In the Old West, there weren't many ways for a woman to make her own money. Some turned to prostitution or gambling. This book chronicles several of them, some quite successful and others who died penniless or in despair. Kirsten Potter offers a solid, even-handed narration of this collection of profiles. Her tone practically revels in the success stories, particularly those of the talented gamblers who beat men at their own game. For the stories of downfall, she takes a quiet, respectful tone. The rest of the time she reads evenly and without any note of judgment as she dramatizes the harsh realities that often drove these women's decisions. The short chapters make this book ideal for commuters. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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