The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West: 1840 to 1900 (Writer's Guides to Everyday Life)
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The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West: 1840 to 1900 (Writer's Guides to Everyday Life)

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Reference. This book shows you firsthand what it was like to tame the prairies, fight the battles and build the boom towns. From things people ate to what they wore , this book is packed with historical accounts, maps and photographs to give you a complete perspective on this fascinating era.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Writer's Digest Books
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Bob Jones
An informative look at how life in the Wild West was, but, not quite what I was expecting from the title. "The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West" doesn't really have much in the way of "writer's guide" or "everyday life."

The section under "Gunfighters and Outlaws," for example, in Chapter 17, is a one paragraph summary of the existence of train robberies and shoot-outs, and then a long list of various gun violence related factoids - such as "1867 - Jesse James kills three people w...more
Alaric Longward
Amusing and informative. Must-read if you wish to create an authentic feeling western.
Erin Bowman
Nice overview of frontier life and social customs of the west. Great writer's resource.
Jill
I think I should get my own copy of this, as it is a great reference book, but I just didn't have time to plow through it all.

Moulton sometimes repeats herself (and you can tell she has a thing for Grand Encampment, WY), but overall the stuff you learn from her is useful and accurate (inasmuch as I've read it elsewhere before) and often amusing. Some of the stuff she talks about I wish she'd elaborate on more, but I guess that's where I should step in and do my own research.

Worth going back to a...more
April
Aug 19, 2012 April rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wonderful book. Very detailed, descriptive, informative, and entertaining. Perfect for a writer's resource book.
Allison
good details for research
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