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Book Group Discussion Questions 

Portrait of an Artist

How were O'Keeffe's paintings greeted by critics early in her career?
What role did her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, play in her career?
Why does her story appeal to women?
Why did you become interested in writing her biography?
What did you learn about O’Keeffe that most surprised you?

Louise Nevelson

Why did she make sculptures out of old pieces of wood?
Why did she  dress so flamboyantly?
How did she survive as an artist before she began to sell her work?
When did she become successful?
What was she really like?

Without Child

Why is there a stigma against childlessness?
Have there always been childfree people?
Why are people childfree, and why don’t you have children?
How strong are marriages without children?
What are the advantages of being childfree? The disadvantages?

Four Tenths of an Acre

What’s a memoir “written through green glasses”?
What are the challenges of gardening in New England?
What’s the biggest problem you have in your garden?
What’s the relationship between writing and gardening?
Who are other writers who have gardened?


What’s the advantage of going to a girl’s school?
What was Westover like when you went there?
Who are the most famous alumnae?
What was the most important lesson you learned there?
How has it changed, and what is it like today?