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Laurie Lisle is the author of the first biographies of two legendary American
artists, Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Nevelson, as well as books about being childfree,
gardening, and educating girls. Her forthcoming memoir is tentatively titled, Word for
Word: A Writer's Memoir. A native of Providence, Rhode Island and graduate of Ohio
Wesleyan University, she has taught literature and lectured at art museums, libraries,
colleges, and literary events in the United States and Canada. Her essays, articles, and
book reviews have been published in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and
anthologies. She is married and lives in Sharon, Connecticut. 

 

Portrait of an Artist:

A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

"Portrait of an Artist is in many ways a remarkably informative book. Lisle has created a vivid and sensitive portrait of O'Keeffe as an artist and woman." ~ James R. Mellow, The Saturday Review

"Portrait of an Artist is a superb piece of work in every respect… Clearly journalist Lisle has scooped the art world with an impressive literary debut." ~ James Idema, Smithsonian

Louise Nevelson:

A Passionate Life

"Lisle's admiration and respect for Nevelson's long struggle and enchanted cabinets and walls are always evident, but she lets the evidence speak." ~Michael Brenson, The New York Times Book Review


"Lisle presents a figure whose eroticism seems far richer, far more complex than mere sexual appeal...[seeing] both the pain and the joy surrounding Nevelson's eccentric behavior." ~ Woman's Art Journal

 

Without Child:

Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness

"This is not only an excellent book, but a true act of courage." 

~ Stephanie Dickison, Canadian Women's Studies


"Laurie Lisle has given us an eloquent and insightful discussion of childlessness and women who end up--by design or default--remaining without child." ~ Anne T. Fleming, Motherhood Deferred  

 

Four Tenths of an Acre:

Reflections on a Gardening Life

"An elegantly written yet also edgily realistic account of small town, small garden life." ~ Kirkus Reviews

"Lisle's cogent meditations on the rewards of working the land and nurturing the soul are elegant, eloquent reminders of the importance of listening to the inner muse." ~ Booklist  

 

Westover:

Giving Girls a Place of Their Own

"The story of Westover is an engagingly one charmingly told, and it gives a good overview of the shifting notions of what makes a well-educated woman throughout the twentieth century." ~ Feminist Review


"Westover is a fascinating lens into the lives of groundbreaking women whose thoughts on how women should be educated remain captivating--and contentious." ~Republican American