In Winthrop, Washington, a small Methow Valley community that has reinvented itself as a western theme town, women who function as trail guides, wranglers, horse trainers, packers, and ranchers work in an environment where gender stereotypes must be carefully preserved for the sake of the tourist-based economy. Yet these women often subvert and undermine these traditional images with humor. How these wrangling women accomplish this challenging balancing act is a fascinating study of women's manipulation of language and gender stereotypes in the modern West. For eleven years, Kristin McAndrews conducted interviews with Winthrop's horsewomen, collecting stories about their lives as workers and as members of their community and families. 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. In particular, McAndrews examines the ways her interviewees employ language to subvert gender conventions, using humor in their storytelling. She demonstrates that while traditional gender stereotypes endure to a degree in the culture of the American West, many women who live and work in this community have found successful, nonthreatening ways to achieve professional and personal objectives and to create individual and independent identities as women and as workers. Wrangling Women is an engrossing, spurring commentary on the way women use humor in their storytelling and in their working relationships with men, and on what this humor reveals about issues of gender in the American West.