Women of the West

Cathy Luchetti (Author)

With Carol Olwell


“An authentic, refreshing and even inspiring view of life on the frontier.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.

A myth-shattering look at the women who helped to settle the West, told through their own words and illustrated with 150 period photographs. Through these photos, plus diaries, memoirs, letters, and journals, Women of the West introduces 11 real frontier women whose words combine to re-create a place and time when resourcefulness and courage were demanded of everyone. This is American history, not as it was romanticized, but as it was lived.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32155-5
  • 10.6 × 9.1 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Anyone interested in American history should read [this].” — Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The focus on minority women gives this overview . . . a human appeal rarely touched in most history books of the westward expansion.” — Kansas City Star

“Handled with a very human touch throughout.” — Seattle Times

“An elegant connective narrative and 150 remarkable photographs put . . . the [nineteenth] century’s history in more realistic perspective.” — Los Angeles Times

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