The Crosswicks Journals

4 books in series
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A Circle of Quiet Publisher's Summary

The beloved author of A Wrinkle in Time takes an introspective look at her life and muses on creativity in this memoir, the first of her Crosswicks Journals.

Every so often I need OUT.... My special place is a small brook in a green glade, a circle of quiet from which there is no visible sign of human beings.... I sit there, dangling my legs and looking through the foliage at the sky reflected in the water, and things slowly come back into perspective.

Set against the lush backdrop of Crosswicks, her family's farmhouse in rural Connecticut, this deeply personal memoir details Madeleine L'Engle's journey to find balance between her career as a Newbery Medal-winning author and her responsibilities as a wife, mother, teacher, and Christian.

As she considers the roles that creativity, family, citizenship, and faith play in her life, L'Engle reveals the complexities behind the author whose works - honored with the National Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and countless other prizes - have long been cherished by children and adults alike. Written in simple, profound, and often humorous prose, A Circle of Quiet is an insightful woman's elegant search for the meaning and purpose of her life.

©1972 Crosswicks, Inc. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • A Circle of Quiet

    • The Crosswicks Journals, Book 1
    • By: Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Set against the lush backdrop of Crosswicks, her family's farmhouse in rural Connecticut, this deeply personal memoir details Madeleine L'Engle's journey to find balance between her career as a Newbery Medal-winning author and her responsibilities as a wife, mother, teacher, and Christian.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I Love Madeleine L'Engle!!!

    • By Jennifer Neyhart on 02-08-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • The Summer of the Great-Grandmother

    • The Crosswicks Journals, Book 2
    • By: Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    In the second memoir of her Crosswicks Journals, Madeleine L'Engle chronicles a season of extremes. Four generations of family have gathered at Crosswicks, her Connecticut farmhouse, to care for L'Engle's ninety-year-old mother. As summer days fade to sleepless nights, her mother's health rapidly declines and her once astute mind slips into senility. With poignant honesty, L'Engle describes the gifts and graces, as well as the painful emotional cost, of caring for the one who once cared for you.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Helped me through a death and actually uplifting

    • By AmazonSmilecustomer on 01-10-18

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • The Irrational Season

    • The Crosswicks Journals, Book 3
    • By: Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Upon her death, the New York Times hailed Madeleine L'Engle as "an author whose childhood fables, religious meditations and fanciful science fiction transcended both genre and generation." L'Engle has long captivated and provoked listeners by exploring the intersection of science and religion in her work. In this intimate memoir, the award-winning author uncovers how her spiritual convictions inform and enrich the everyday.

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 4

    • Two-Part Invention

    • The Story of a Marriage
    • By: Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    A long-term marriage has to move beyond chemistry to compatibility, to friendship, to companionship. As Newbery Medal winner Madeleine L'Engle describes a relationship characterized by compassion, respect, and growth, as well as challenge and conflict, she beautifully evokes the life she and her husband, actor Hugh Franklin, built and the family they cherished. Beginning with their very different childhoods, L'Engle chronicles the twists and turns that led two young artists to New York City in the 1940s.

    Regular price: $20.99