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"...combines a native's understanding of the territory with an outsider's skepticism." -- Hartford Courant, November 10, 2002

"A wonderful souvenir of a rural and urban spectator invaluable collection of memories from [Western] women." -- Bookpage, October 2002

"In the testosterone-tossed world of rodeo, Burbick serves up a delectable slice of Americana, illuminating the world of rodeo queens." -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 24, 2002

"[Burbick's] intriguing book shows how changes in the role of rodeo queen have reflected changes in...the American West." -- Dallas Morning News, January 3, 2003.

"[Burbick] turns a stereotype into individuals and portrays them sympathetically, avoiding feminist cant. The result is fresh." -- Seattle Times, September 10, 2002

"[What's] the historical framework-political, economic, social and cultural-that Burbick builds around the women's stories." -- The Oregonian, November 10, 2002

"a sympathetic treatment...Both feminists and rodeo enthusiasts will have to reckon with this illuminating book." -- Choice, May 2003.

"delightful... From contestants to queens, these remarkable women and their life stories are exciting and heartwarming. A true treasure." -- True West, August/September 2003.

"what it's like to be a woman in farm country,... an ultimately tough situation that strains typical notions of feminism." -- Salt Lake Tribune, August 10, 2003. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Joan Burbick teaches American Studies at Washington State University. Born in Chicago, she has lived in the Palouse region of northern Idaho and eastern Washington for the last twenty years, writing, raising a family, and, in her free time, working with horses.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1586482041
  • ASIN: B000B90QRM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,446,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dan Scheraga on June 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
The mistake I made here was judging the book by the cover. I picked it up because I thought the topic was interesting, and I thought it would detail the lives and personalities of the kind of sassy, salty, almost defiant cowgirls like the ones depicted on the cover. I knew next to nothing about the rodeo and never heard of a rodeo queen before, so I thought she was a sort of cowgirl, not a beauty queen. I expected to be taken on a wild ride through the rodeo circuit. But instead I found myself reading a pseudo-feminist treatise on the shallowness of rodeo and the empty mythos of a West that never existed. I found myself disappointed in the subject matter, much as I imagine the author became disappointed when she delved into it. The only thing I wish the author could've done differently was to view the rodeo more as a community of characters and personalities, rather than as an abstract construct.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As a rodeo competitor, rodeo queen, and cowgirl I was at time offended at this book and the terribly untrue and negative it said about rodeo... and the people who embrace the western lifestyle. I only finished the book to hear the rest of what the author had to say. I was excited to start reading it, and disgusted when I was done. If you want to know the real view and role of women in the west you won't find it in this book..keep looking.
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By BettyCos on June 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for a friend as she had loaned hers and didn't get it back. She has let me read it and I find it very interesting. If you are a rodeo fan, you will find good stories and information in this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Joan Burbick's Rodeo Queens And The American Dream examines the women of the rodeo: those who traveled the rural West for years and who became 'rodeo royalty' from the 1930s onward. Women's stories tell of their successes and failures riding the rodeo circuit in this involving guide.
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