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Word for Word: A Writer's Life

I'm pleased to announce the publication of

Word for Word: A Writer's Life

on May 11, 2021


Word for Word has been named an Editor's Pick by BookLife as a "book of outstanding quality:"  


BookLife says that Word for Word "pulses with intellectual discussions, lived feminist history and its resultant tensions, and the fascinating literary milieu Laurie Lisle encounters at writing retreats…She's admirably frank about her inner world of vacillation and offers compelling insights and anecdotes of a writing life. This unconventional memoir details one accomplished woman writer's dedication to developing her voice. It's great for fans of Vivian Gornick's Fierce Attachments, Rebecca Solnit's Recollections of My Nonexistence." 




"This is a brave and beautifully written memoir, instructive and inspiring. Given Lisle's willingness to delve deep into her own motivations—and those of the people she knew and loved—the book provides a fascinating, unsparing account of the challenging process of becoming a successful writer..."

- Holly Peppe, PhD


"This book is an adventure I never knew I needed as a writer...Lisle is ever a timeless artist in her medium of words and their arrangement...Freedom flitted off these pages. Whether the reader works in literary circles or simply desires to read about the life of an intentionally perseverant woman, I wholeheartedly recommend this work."

- Kidron Tirey, NetGalley


"An inherently fascinating memoir, deftly crafted, impressively informative, thoughtful, thought-provoking, truly memorable, and especially recommended reading for any and all aspiring writers" 

– Midwest Book Review 


     "I mightily admire Lisle's achievements, and highly recommend this book as a really good read, a penetrating insight into the struggles faced by women of our generation to live and love and work fully, and an inspiring and thoughtful reflection for young women considering a writing life."

- Sharon Charde, poet


 "In fluid, evocative prose, Laurie Lisle turns her biographer's eye on her own life with a clear-eyed, honest gaze that probes, delights, and illuminates."  

~ Jennifer Browdy, author of The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir


"Laurie Lisle courageously dramatizes her struggles to become a writer and to find a loving relationship that nourishes her and her talent. Her beautifully written memoir will inspire writers and women everywhere to find their voices."  

~ Lynn Povich, author of The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace 


"Lisle draws on extensive personal archives and her training as a journalist to recount a career shaped by second-wave feminism. With references to Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Virginia Woolf, and Betty Friedan, the author ties her life to literature, finding guidance and solidarity in the work of women writers...[readers] will enjoy the frank discussion of her successes and disappointments pursuing a 'writer's life.'"

Library Journal


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