Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy

Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy

In this inspiring biography, discover the true story of Harriet the Spy author Louise Fitzhugh -- and learn about the woman behind one of literature's most beloved heroines. Harriet the Spy, first published in 1964, has mesmerized generations of readers and launched a million diarists. Its beloved antiheroine, Harriet, is erratic, unsentimental, and endearing-very much like In this inspiring biography, discover the true story of Harriet the Spy author Louise Fitzhugh -- and learn abou...

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Title:Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy
Author:Leslie Brody
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:1580057691
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:335 pages pages

Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy Reviews

  • Harriet M.
    Dec 30, 2020
    As should be obvious from my username and avatar, I am, like many women of my generation and writerly profession, a little obsessed with Harriet the Spy. As such I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Louise Fitzhugh through Brody's biography, but it left me with as many questions a...
  • Gayle
    Jan 11, 2021
    Full review at: http://www.everydayiwritethebookblog.... When I was growing up, Harriet the Spy was one of my all-time favorite books. I read it so many times that the spine cracked. (I actually still have my copy of the book ? scroll down for a picture of it.) It?s the story of...
  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    Jan 20, 2021
    I was intrigued by this book because while I have heard of Harriet the Spy, I have never read the book. I always love learning about authors and what their life was like and how they came to create their famous works and I now want to read the book that helped girls realize that they d...
  • Nancy
    Jan 14, 2021
    Terrible. The writing was pedestrian and ungrammatical, the commentary shallow. Moreover, there was a whole lot of padding of the ?would have? ?might have? ?may have? variety, eked out by mundane comments on the zeitgeist. I?d hoped to hold out until Louise got to New Yor...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 03, 2021
    A thoroughly enjoyable biography about the author of one of my favorite (indeed, most librarian's) books. Until biographer Leslie Brody pointed it out, I didn't realize how little has ever been written or shared about Louise Fitzhugh's life. It was invigorating to learn ...
  • Jodie
    Jan 23, 2021
    For such a fascinating subject, I found this to be plodding and sluggish. A short book that I read daily, and it still took almost two weeks to read. I understand some constraints that Louise's estate made might have made it difficult to really delve into Louise's life, but i...
  • Stacey
    Dec 29, 2020
    Harriet the Spy was written when I was a toddler, and I read it when I was nine or ten. It is the kind of book that makes an impression on a kid, and I made sure my own children read it, too. I knew nothing of the author, though, and this book remedied that. Born into a loveless marria...
  • Ariel
    Jan 24, 2021
    I love "Harriet the Spy" so I was eager to learn more about Louise Fitzhugh. I was interested in her journey from rebellious Southern debutante who despised the regime of white supremacy she grew up in and ran away as soon as possible to live an openly gay life up north. I wa...
  • Angela Williamson
    Nov 14, 2020
    Harriet the Spy is one of the books from my childhood which stuck with me always. When I saw Sometimes You Have to Lie I was excited to read more about the author. After I read Harriet, I began people watching, trying to puzzle out their lives and figuring out what makes people do the ...
  • Sarah Schulman
    Dec 10, 2020
    Fun to read- part of that genre of Lesbians in the Village: Audre Lorde's Zami, and biographies of Patricia Highsmith, Bereniece Abbott and Agnes Martin. Longing for a social history that brings all this together. Fun to read- part of that genre of Lesbians in the Village: Audr...
  • Regina White
    Dec 03, 2020
    I cannot rate the book because I worked on researching it for four years with author Leslie Brody. We uncovered details for it that are so fascinating I have to confess I haven't stopped researching this and related topics. I have fallen way down a hole, socially distancing myself...
  • Cflack
    Jan 30, 2021
    I loved Harriet the Spy and The Long Secret which I read as a child in the late 1960s so I was very interested to learn more about Louise Fitzhugh the author. The book is well researched and Fitzhugh is a very complex and compelling artist, but the writing was very clunky and dull. Fro...
  • Laura Mazer
    Aug 27, 2020
    The book I've been waiting for. Hello, mastermind creator of Harriet the Spy! The book I've been waiting for. Hello, mastermind creator of Harriet the Spy! ...more ...
  • Mandy
    Dec 30, 2020
    Earlier today I reviewed a biography that seemed to fail on so many levels, putting into perspective why this one, of writer and artist Louise Fitzhugh, succeeds on so many levels. It?s well-researched, just as the other one was, but ? and here?s the difference ? here the autho...
  • Amanda Mae
    Oct 26, 2020
    An absolutely delightful and engaging biography on the woman behind one of my favorite books, Harriet the Spy. I knew absolutely nothing about Louise Fitzhugh prior to reading this, and found her a truly wonderful artist who knew so many people and had a genuine talent that Harriet the...
  • Jennifer
    Dec 09, 2020
    I grew up with Harriet the Spy so I expected to like its author, Louise Fitzhugh. Her life was incredibly interesting and that?s covered ? detailed, really ? in this biography. While I learned a great deal, this book could?ve used an aggressive editor. It?s one-third long...
  • Ida
    Jan 01, 2021
    "Harriet the Spy" was a formative book for me in my youth. The heroine was a an independent-minded tomboy who had a temper -- relatable as could be. When I re-read it as an adult, I was blown away by how nearly perfect it is as a novel. The book taught me valuable life lesson...
  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    Jan 16, 2021
    ?Harriet the Spy? by Louise Fitzhugh was first published in 1964. Since then, this classic middle-grade school novel has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. However, the author's personal life remained a mystery as she never granted interviews or attended bookstore publicity...
  • Jeffrey
    Aug 15, 2020
    Read as an Advanced Reading Copy so I do hope that there are photographs of Fitzhugh's art work in the final book but this is mediocre and that's being kind - really if you are going to write a biography about one of the great children's writers, learn something about th...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    Nov 05, 2020
    I read Harriet the Spy when I was 8 or 9. I wanted a black and white composition notebook so I could jot my musings as I spied on people. I wanted to be a writer. I read Brody's biography on Fitzhugh with great interest. I knew nothing about the author and hadn't realized she...
  • M.  [storme reads a lot]
    Dec 15, 2020
    have never read Harriet the Spy. I just loved the 90s movie. I was so intrigued to pick up this biography, and I was not able to put it down until I was done. It?s very interesting and well done. Even someone who knew nothing about the author or the book except for the movie, I loved...
  • Andrew Sampson
    Dec 27, 2020
    Harriet the Spy is queer canon confirmed ...
  • Deb
    Jan 19, 2021
    I read Harriet the Spy hot off the press in 1964 and, like so many other young female readers, recognized myself in Harriet. I had my own notebook in which I wrote original episodes based on Man from UNCLE, also debuting in 1964, in which I was the star spy. I know that my lifelong lov...
  • M. K. French
    Jan 18, 2021
    Louise Fitzhugh published Harriet the Spy in 1964, creating an antiheroine that was unsentimental yet endearing. This was based largely on her own experiences, as she left segregated Memphis for New York City, spent time in lesbian bars of Greenwich Village, and made friends with the a...
  • Joyfully Jay
    Dec 01, 2020
    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars Sometimes You Have To Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy offers an interesting look at a woman who refused to be pigeon-holed by the world around her. Though she grew up among the Southern elites, Louis...
  • Gail C.
    Dec 10, 2020
    SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LIE is an in-depth look into the life and growth of Louise Fitzhugh. Her unconventional upbringing and bohemian style life say much about why Harriet, the Spy is who she is. There are also a vast number of other writing gigs and books attributed to Fitzhugh about ...
  • LeAnn
    Nov 24, 2020
    I liked all the parts that were about Louise and her group of girlfriends/wives, lovers, and friends. It was the other parts - about her parents, the backstories of fleeting characters, bits about other authors she knew - that lost my interest. I know that the information is limited by...
  • Melissa
    Feb 01, 2021
    I found this book an interesting read of the era - so many details! - and a lot of it kind of falls into the, ?things school didn?t teach me? category; loved seeing the dive into mid-20th-century New York, but: I didn?t come away from this feeling like I have a Great Understand...
  • Nursebookie
    Jan 13, 2021
    I really enjoyed this fantastic memoir from the children's author for Harriet the Spy. As much as Harriett was beloved and well known, the author's life - that of Louise Fitzhugh remains to be hidden and in secret until this amazing biography written by Leslie Brody. I found ...
  • June Schwarz
    Sep 11, 2020
    An engaging biography of Louise Fitzhugh: well-researched, nicely balanced, and interesting. Brody does a nice job giving us a clear idea of what Fitzhugh was like as a child, a student, a person, as well as a writer and artist. Brody?s examination of Fitzhugh?s personal relations...