"Laurie Lisle has given us a mortal Georgia O'Keeffe, whose human hungar and frailties, gifts and strengths, enabled her to survive--triumphantly--a conflicted life. Many readers will draw encouragement and even inspiration from this portrait."
~ Eleanor Munro, author, Originals: American Women Artists
“Lisle’s view of Nevelson’s often ruthless behavior is both compassionate and clear-eyed...[she] has constructed a colorful, rich study of Nevelson’s creative evolution...Lisle brings to especially clear light Nevelson’s personal, if chilly, flair [giving] A Passionate Life, its gritty richness.”
~ Sarah Wright, The Boston Sunday Herald
"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...[It examines] woman and childlessness in relation to 'maiden aunts' (or traditions of women outside motherhood), to women's own mothers, to real and imagined children, to men and heterosexuality, to 'Womanhood,' to work, and to maturity and aging."
~ Abby Wilkerson, Hypatia
"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. As her perennials take root, grown, and blossom, so does the author, finding a secure place in a new home, a new town, and, many seasons later, a new marriage to a man who learns that you can't separate the gardener from the garden. Not even deer, who try their mightiest, can do that."
~ Le Anne Schreiber, author of Midstream and Light Years
"This visually stunning, beautifully written book combines diligent research, descriptive acumen, and an anecdotal style that vividly and unsparingly brings the people and places in the school's history to life...It is also a wonderfully interesting, at times humorous, work that merits a broad spectrum of readers."
~Roberta West Waddell, editor, Westover '52