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Word for Word is the dramatic story of Laurie's determination to become a published author, from her early days in journalism to writing her groundbreaking biographies of legendary artists Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Nevelson.  

In the book, she discusses the demands of writing honestly about others and herself while unflinchingly sharing successes, stumbling blocks, and relationships that threatened to silence her written voice.                                       




Born on a Wisconsin farm, O'Keeffe was a young Texas art teacher before her romance with the older photographer Alfred Stieglitz, a leader of the New York avant-garde. 

Over her long life, she created an astonishing visual vocabulary of large sensuous flowers, foreboding Manhattan skyscrapers, white animal skulls, and the red hills of her beloved New Mexico.




This sculptor's life was remarkable for its intensity and commitment to her stunning work. From her birth in Russia, her girlhood in Maine, to her years as an artist in Manhattan, her life was difficult and dramatic. 

After years of struggle, her iconography, expressed in large black, white, and gold wood assemblages, has made an indelible stamp on American art.




Without Child explores the childless woman’s relationship to mothers, to femininity, to men, to creativity, and to her own body. 

Weaving a variety of rich materials from history, literature, religion, sociology, as well as the author's own story, it does what no other book as done before--presents those without children from the past and present in a positive light.



Part garden book and part memoir, this modern pastoral touches upon issues in women's lives—love and loss, work and play, roots and restlessness, risk and refuge—as the author experienced them after becoming a gardener. 

Her long, narrow half-acre in northwestern Connecticut became the terra firma that enabled her to endure emotional storms while providing ongoing pleasure and a reason for optimism.



This high school for girls has evolved from a finishing school for the Protestant elite to a meritocracy for girls of all religions and races. 

Founded by an idealistic minister's daughter in 1909, it was turned into a college preparatory school by her intellectual successor in the 1930s, and it was saved by a quiet headmaster in the turbulent 1970s. It continues to educate girls today.