New Book about Women of the Wild West

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Jana Bommersbach and Bob Boze Bell are authors of a new book that was just released in November called “Hellraisers and Trailblazers: The Real Women of the Wild West.” It tells the story of gutsy women, fearless women, smart women, stubborn women, inspiring women—many unknown and unheralded until now.

Bob Bell’s artistic talents are shown in more than 60 original drawings for the book. Bob and Jana, both of True West magazine, have focused the last three years on bringing this book to life. It’s been a dream of Bob’s for 30 years; Jana has been researching western women for two decades. They are doing a public presentation at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback at 6 pm Nov. 22.

“Our collaboration came about because we wanted to be sure that the rest of the country knew about what was going on in the Old West and how strong and fabulous these women were,” Bommersbach said.

Bell has been interested in this topic and has had an idea for this for around 30 years.

When he finally got around to exploring the idea, “I said two things to myself. One is it’s time for the book. And two: a honky man can’t do this by himself,” Bell said.

Bommersbach worked with Bell’s magazine for 27 years now, so the pair have experience working with one another.

One of the women featured in the book, Jennie Rogers, was gutsy, clever, endearing, and beautiful in a way, Bell said. She shot her boyfriend when she caught him having an affair and made no effort to hide it to the police.

Many more of these women are featured in this book with ranging actions and personalities.

Jana Bommersbach, Author; Bob Boze Bell, Author

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