Advanced Praise for Lady at the OK Corral

Advance Praise for Lady at the O.K. Corral


Lady at the O.K. Corral is the remarkable true story of Josephine Earp, who lived through the transformation of the western frontier from gold rush boomtowns to the backlots of Hollywood.  It is a vivid tale of romance and high drama, as Ann Kirschner reveals the dark secrets of Wyatt Earp’s past and Josephine’s Jewish immigrant family."

--Abigail Pogrebin, author of Stars of David


“With a passion for research and documentation and an engaging flair for prose,

Ann Kirschner has composed a biography of Josephine Marcus Earp that is as academically organized and cited as it is a pleasure to read. No previous account has equaled in depth and understanding Kirschner’s portrayals of the principal characters, Josephine and Wyatt, their families, Jewish and otherwise, diverse associates, as well as the erratically Americanizing West.”

--Harriet Rochlin, author of Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West


“Ann Kirschner brings a fresh, lively perspective to one of the great stories of the American frontier. Lady at the OK Corral reveals a fascinating intersection of Jewish history and the Wild West; its engaging narrative both celebrates and demystifies a legendary time and place.”

--Julie Salamon, author of Wendy and the Lost Boys


"Ann Kirschner delivers a frontier story for the ages--part Unsinkable Molly Brown, part Mama Rose, part Queen Esther, the story of Josephine Earp proves that even the best lawman in the Wild West needed a good woman to stand beside him, as improbable as their romance was, and as riveting a read as this book most certainly is.”

--Thane Rosenbaum, author of The Golems of Gotham and Payback: The Case for Revenge


“Thanks to Ann Kirschner’s brilliant Lady at the O.K. Corral, we finally have the definitive story of Josie Earp, a key player not only in the events leading up to and after the infamous shootout, but in crafting much of the mythology that’s been widely accepted ever since. This is a must-read book for anyone who loves narrative nonfiction, or simply enjoys a hellaciously well-told tale.”

--Jeff Guinn, author of The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral And How It Changed the American West


“In this remarkable feat of historical sleuthing, Ann Kirschner coaxes the stubbornly evasive Josephine Marcus Earp out from behind the shadow of her famous spouse, Lady at the O.K. Corral paints a vibrant portrait of an uncommon couple whose love for one another and shared thirst for adventure took them to the farthest reaches of the Wild West during its blustery boom times. Thanks to Kirschner’s exhaustive research and fluid pen, Josephine Earp joins the ranks of Jessie Benton Frémont, Elizabeth Custer, and other spirited nineteenth-century women who defied custom to forge their own lives and shape the legends of the men they loved.”

--Bruce J. Dinges, Arizona HistoricalSociety.


“A tour de force in the detective work of biography Ann Kirschner writes Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp back into American history.   Mining unpublished manuscripts, personal letters, diaries and other firsthand accounts, and court documents, Kirschner’s research, persistence, and fine narration tells, for the first time, the real story of the woman behind the man. A thoughtful and entertaining addition to the history of the American West, Jews in America, and the role of women in society.”

--David S. Ferriero, Former Director of the New York Public Libraries


"Old West aficionados will find in this book a fresh account of the most famous of gunfights, but Ann Kirschner’s engrossing biography of Josephine Marcus Earp offers much, much more.  The life of Josephine that unfolds so vividly in these pages is as colorful and complicated as that of Wyatt and hers, the reader will discover, was the more remarkable journey."

--Stephen Aron, UCLA and Autry National Center


“A great piece of historical detection, Kirschner brings to life a woman who had previously been just a footnote, just an oddity. This book brims with the vibrancy of the Arizona Territory and situates the daughter of Polish Jewish immigrants into the rough and tumble of a half century of American life. This is a story that has never been told and that is just fine. It awaited Ann Kirschner's imagination, research, and sweeping prose.” --Hasia R. Diner, A Time for Gathering:  The Second Migration, 1820-1880 (The Jewish People in America)

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  • "Brilliant.... We finally have the definitive story of Josie Earp... a must-read book for anyone... who enjoys a hellaciously well-told tale."

    - Jeff Guinn, author of The Last Gunfight

  • "Brings a fresh, lively perspective to one of the great stories of the American frontier... a fascinating intersection of Jewish history and the Wild West."

    - Julie Salamon, author of Wendy and the Lost Boys



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