Laurie Lisle

writing about the lives of American women, including her 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

Four Tenths of an Acre: Reflections on a Gardening Life
Random House, 2005
Thorndike Press large print edition, 2005
Argo Navis, 2015
Open Road, 2017

Laurie Lisle "Four Tenths of an Acre" Radio Interview on "Between the Covers"

An ebook edition of Four Tenths of an Acre with thirty images, mostly photographs of the garden, has been recently released, with a cover of the inner garden through a gate.

"Lisle is a disciplined and thoughtful worker unafraid of taking on the heavy work required in her garden and at her writing desk. Lisle plants her themes alongside each other so that they complement and harmonize like flowers in a perennial border...She is constantly learning, always observing, unafraid to make changes in her garden and in her life."
Michelle Gillett, The Women's Times

The author "is a graceful and insightful writer who can elevate the simplest gardening activity to inner feelings or broader themes."
Ethel Fried, Journal Inquirer

"As gardeners try to give shape to nature, Lisle's book does to a life, which is as challenging, complex and resistant to order as a garden. Her work will satisfy armchair gardeners as well as those already elbow-deep in dirt."
Publishers Weekly

"In Laurie Lisle's delightful account of putting together a new life and a new garden in Northwest Connecticut, gardening becomes an engaging metaphor for the pleasures and hazards of everyday living."
Jane Garmey, editor of The Writer in the Garden

"What a pleasure it is to follow Laurie Lisle's progress as she works to transform a bare, neglected plot of land into the garden of her imagination."
Le Anne Schreiber, author of Midstream and Light Years