Kristin McAndrews states that she “began to suspect that the reason there was so little scholarship on women’s humor was that male researchers didn’t understand it, or perhaps they didn’t recognize it.” To examine the humor of one group of women, she conducted interviews with Winthrop’s female wranglers, collecting stories about their lives as workers and as members of their community. For all these women, professional success depends on courage, ingenuity, a sense of humor, and a facility with language—as well as on an ability to perform within the traditional gender stereotypes evoked by their town’s Wild west image.
“A delightful exploration of gender studies, stereotypes, and human resourcefulness, Wrangling Women frequently quotes the women it studies, allowing the reader to partake in both scholarly observation and the visceral feel of being there. A lively and entertaining treatise.” —Susan Bethany, Midwest Book Review, February 2007
"The stories themselves are the best part of the book and they demonstrated there is a difference between the humor of men and women, both in content and purpose. Many of the stories of pack-trip disasters and adventures made me smile, but some of the same stories made my wife laugh out loud when she read them, which could indicate a difference in perspective and perception....I found McAndrews' conclusions to be insightful. I also liked the conclusion of her epilogue; it illustrates the strong sense of her own role as a researcher she keeps throughout the book." —Bill Andrus, The East Oregonian, 12 November 2006
"The book is filled with humor of woman-man, human-horse, human-mule relations. And well-worth reading." - Journal of American & Culture
"McAndrews creates an admirable study, making the narrations fun to read and...introducing the reader to capable and likable people." - Oral History Review
"A skillful assemblage of theoretical and empirical approaches to a fascinating naturally occurring social experiment." - The Journal of Popular Culture