Agnes Lake Hickok Linda A. Fisher and Carrie Bowers (University of Oklahoma Press, $29.95)

In this first biography of Agnes Lake, the woman finally steps out of the shadows of her famous husband Wild Bill Hickok. Working through Agnes’s own embellishments, Linda A. Fisher and Carrie Bowers reveal a savvy businesswoman. The one-time circus performer spent 30 years in the circus business, in company with the likes of P.T. Barnum and Buffalo Bill Cody.

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