Laurie Lisle

writing about the lives of American women, including her own

Books

Biography
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
Sociology
A book that offers people without children the life-affirming story of themselves
Memoir
A modern pastoral about transforming a bare backyard into a mature garden
Education
A vivid history of a wonderful school for teenage girls from all over the world

Without Child: Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness
Ballantine Books, 1996
Taylor & Francis/​Routledge, 1999
Fembooks, Taiwan, China, 2001
Argo Navis, 2013, 2014
Ingram Spark, 2017

News
Without Child is now available as a paperback and an ebook with an image of a lily on the covers from Laurie's garden

Reviews
"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."
Publisher’s Weekly

"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.”
Booklist