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“As a college freshman in the early ’50s, I sang in Red Hall (and have a vivid memory of the elegance of the acoustics, the architecture, and the audience) and have watched Westover march, stagger, and dance its way through almost six decades. This book is a sharp depiction of the journey of a noble school with an unusual sense of its mission.”―Donald H. Werner, executive secretary, The Headmasters Association

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“This book is a great read for anyone who is interested in the American history of girls education from the early 20th century to the present. For someone who graduated from Westover, this book is a must. It is the story of the school and the tale of the enormous dedication and effort of the women and men who made it happen. Tragedy, glory and a great future make this book hard to put down.” (Eunice S. Groark, former Connecticut Lieutenant Governor and Westover ’56)|“A wonderful historical snapshot of a school with strong roots and strong women with energy, intellect, and a deep commitment to the education of girls. Westover's leadership remains true to its values and keeps pace with change.” (Meg Moulton, Executive Director, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools)
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Product Details

  • Series: Garnet Books
  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; Deluxe slipcased edition has same ISBN. edition (February 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819568864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819568861
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,209,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Lisle was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, where she returned after college to work for the local newspaper. She moved to New York City in the late 1960s and went to work for Newsweek magazine.

In the late 1970s she began writing her first book, the best-selling Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe, which was published in 1980. Her second biography is titled Louise Nevelson: A Passionate Life.

She then began to write more personally, publishing Without Child: Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness and then Four Tenths of an Acre: Reflections on a Gardening Life. Her fifth book was a history of her high school, Westover: Giving Girls a Place of Their Own. The author is now working on a memoir.

She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut and in Westchester County, New York. She is married to artist Robert Kipniss.

Please see www.laurielisle.com for more information

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As a 1942 graduate of Westover, this was fascinating for me! It's the history we knew almost nothing about. My mother and my sister had also gone there, but were no longer with us when it came out. A wonderful school, thriving today and into the future.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Waddell on April 30, 2009
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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 on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. While nominally about one particular educational facility for girls from 9th to 12th grade, the school's founding, and ongoing, principles, interwoven throughout the narrative, speak to a much wider audience than the core Westover community. The author's enumeration of the school's guiding philosophy, ethics, and high academic standards make this book an important resource for educators, historians, and anyone anywhere who is interested in seeing how to achieve, maintain, and/or have their daughter attend a superior educational facility that attracts worthy students from many diverse backgrounds. In a time of diminishing standards, this book is a beacon for how to do it right. It is also a wonderfully interesting, at times humorous, work that merits a broad spectrum of readers.

(Full disclosure: Although an alumna of Westover, I am also a rigorous editor who doesn't hesitate to pounce on a book's weaknesses and flaws when necessary.)
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