Book: Women in Wonderland

Women in Wonderland: Lives, Legends, and Legacies of Yellowstone National Park (Riverbend Publishing, $20) tells 12 stories of heroism and straight-up girl power. Author Elizabeth A. Watry, who also penned Yellowstone National Park for the Images of America series, tells about the forgotten women who made remarkable contributions to the park in its early days through today. From Emma Carpenter Cowan in the late 19th century, whose unbelievable exploits read more like a “Three Stooges” fiasco, to Margaret Mary Meagher, who is still alive today, the stories are treasures that have been unearthed through no small effort. This meticulously researched history is engaging and empowering for men and women alike—the stories of spirit are truly the stuff of legend.