Laurie Lisle

writing about the lives of American women, including my own


The best-selling biography of one of America's most admired and accomplished painters
The only full biography of this extraordinary and enigmatic American sculptor
A book that offers people without children the life-affirming story of themselves
A modern pastoral about transforming a bare backyard into a mature garden
A vivid history of a wonderful school for teenage girls from all over the world


About Portrait of an Artist:
A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe

"Lisle has created a vivid and sensitive portrait of O'Keeffe as an artist and woman."
The Saturday Review

"Portrait of an Artist is filled with riches, and nearly every remark of Georgia's is worth recording."
Joyce Carol Oates, Mademoiselle

Laurie Lisle is a journalist, biographer, and memoirist
About 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."
The New York Times Book Review

"Lisle presents a figure whose eroticism seems far richer, far more complex than mere sexual appeal."
Woman's Art Journal

About Without Child: Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness

"This is not only an excellent book, but a true act of courage."
Canadian Women's Studies

"At last, an intelligent analysis of the powerful societal pressure upon women to become mothers."
Carolyn Heilbrun, Writing a Woman's Life

About 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 writing reminds a reader of Capability Brown, a bit of Gertrude Jekyll, a bit of Katherine White."
The Los Angeles Times

"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."

About 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

"Tragedy, glory and a great future made this book hard to put down."
Eunice Groark, former Connecticut Lieutenant Governor