Without Child: Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness
Ballantine Books, 1996
Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 1999
Fembooks, Taiwan, China, 2001
Argo Navis, 2013, 2014
Open Road, 2017
Without Child is now available as an ebook and in a new print edition with an image of a lily from her garden on the covers.
"Childfree By Choice"
Laurie Lisle is quoted in Westchester Magazine, October 2015
"Laurie Lisle, by telling her own story and struggle of living childless in a child bearing world, has given a voice to all of us...She bravely and unapologetically talks about issues heretofore rarely discussed...one feels the electricity and importance of these facts."
Stephanie Dickison, Canadian Women's Studies
“The ‘rejection of parenthood,’ as the author of this carefully researched study found, ‘is a delicate and even dangerous topic’...She points to the many ways a woman’s childlessness, often perceived as selfish, can promote and nurture life-enhancing relationships."
"Laurie Lisle has written a timely book assuring us that the true definition of womanhood need not include childbirth.”
Carolyn Heilbrun, author of Writing a Woman’s Life
"This book is a must read for anyone interested in ensuring that women with and without children have freedom to pursue happiness as they themselves define it."
Pamela W. Garner, Sex Roles: A Journal of Research
“Lisle establishes a historical context for women without children, thus revealing a much neglected yet crucial aspect of women’s history...infused with sense and sensibility.”
"This book is a pleasure to read, seamlessly weaving together personal narrative with a variety of literary, historical, and cross-cultural examples of childessness and responses to it."
Abby Wilkerson, Hypatia