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Subject: Madeleine L'Engle
Date Posted: 7/13/2007 3:06 PM ET
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Certain Women: A Novel
Author: Madeleine L'Engle

Are there any other big fans of Madelein L'Engle out there?  I was hooked as soon as I read A Wrinkle in Time back in grade school and discovered the rest of that series after high school.  Years later a friend introduced me to her books written for adults.  I found Certain Women: A Novel at a booksale and had never heard of it.  I loved it!  It's about a father/daughter relationship.  It was one of those books that I just didn't want to end.  (Here's the shameless plug:  it's on my Posted Books list.)

I have a 22 year old daughter who loved the YA novels, but hasn't tried the other books.  I have suggested them, but recently have decided that she might need more maturity to really appreciate them.

I have a couple more L'Engle books on my piles to be read.  One is The Severed Wasp and I'm wondering what that is about.  The other I'll have to check when I get home, because I can't even remember the title now.  :o)


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Date Posted: 7/13/2007 6:51 PM ET
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Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

That made me laugh out loud and made my 15 year old sons look at me like I'm nuts.  I actually catch myself thinking things like that sometimes.  I thought it was just me.  ;o)

Shoot!  I ran upstairs to look at the title of the other book that I couldn't remember when I was at work, but I got distracted by something else on the way down and now I can't remember it.  One of my boys is going up so he's going to check it out for me.  My boys are twins and several years ago I thought to suggest they read Many Waters since it's about the twins, but I had forgotten.  I'll have to do it now.  They don't like to read during the school year, when it's forced, but maybe I have a chance during the summer.

Okay, first, the book is called The Small Rain.  Second, I had to run up and look myself because he couldn't find it.  That's because I told him it was on the second shelf and it was really on the top shelf. 

I've loved everything of hers that I have read, so I expect good things.

I'll have to check out your shelf, too!


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I loved her books when I was middle school age too.  I recently bought The Time Quartet to read again, but haven't gotten there yet.  I'll have to check out some of her adult books!

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I love her books! I used to haunt the library waiting for more of her books to be turned in so I could read them in high school and college! haven't read any of her adult books, I'll have to check those out.

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I read her  books in middle school to  I will have to check out her adult books to

Happy reading



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Last fall I read one of her memoirs -- Circle of Quiet.  It was very enjoyable.  I've got another of her memoirs in Mt. TBR (I think she wrote four "parts" making up one big memoir).

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I just acquired an audio of A Swiftly Tilting Planet, read by herself.  Thought it would be very interesting to hear her voice.

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i loove loove loooove her.  i just ordered the severed wasp and the small rain.  :)

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Oh my gosh, I love Madeleine L'Engle. I got hooked in grade school when my mom read me A Wrinkle in Time.  I have re-read it since every few years along with A Swiftly Tilting planet... the middle book in the series didn't draw me in like the first and third.

I also read the Austin series with my favorites being "A Ring of Endless Light" and the "The Arm of the Starfish".  I also liked "A Severed Wasp" and "The Other Side of Midnight".

Here is a list from her website.  I was shocked to see that there are still quite a few I haven't read:

  1. 18 Washington Square South: A Comedy in One Act, 1944
  2. The Small Rain, 1945
  3. Ilsa, 1946
  4. And Both Were Young, 1949
  5. Camilla Dickinson, 1951
  6. A Winter's Love, 1957
  7. Meet the Austins, 1960
  8. A Wrinkle in Time, 1962
  9. The Moon By Night, 1963
  10. The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas, 1964
  11. The Arm of the Starfish, 1965
  12. Camilla, 1965
  13. The Love Letters, 1966
  14. A Journey With Jonah (a play), 1967
  15. The Young Unicorns, 1968
  16. Dance in the Desert, 1969
  17. Lines Scribbled on an Envelope and Other Poems, 1969
  18. The Other Side of the Sun, 1971
  19. A Circle of Quiet, 1972
  20. A Wind in the Door, 1973
  21. Everyday Prayers, 1974
  22. Prayers for Sunday, 1974
  23. The Risk of Birth, 1974
  24. The Summer of the Great Grandmother, 1974
  25. Dragons in the Waters, 1976
  26. The Irrational Season, 1977
  27. A Swiftly Tilting Planet, 1978
  28. The Weather of the Heart, 1978
  29. Ladder of Angels, 1979
  30. The Anti-Muffins, 1980
  31. A Ring of Endless Light, 1980
  32. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, 1980
  33. A Severed Wasp, 1982
  34. The Sphinx at Dawn, 1982
  35. And It Was Good: Reflections on Beginnings, 1983
  36. A House Like a Lotus, 1984
  37. Trailing Clouds of Glory: Spiritual Values in Children's Literature, 1985 (with Avery Brooke)
  38. Many Waters, 1986
  39. A Stone for a Pillow: Journeys with Jacob, 1986
  40. A Cry Like a Bell, 1987
  41. Two-Part Invention, 1988
  42. An Acceptable Time, 1989
  43. Sold Into Egypt: Joseph's Journey into Human Being, 1989
  44. The Glorious Impossible, 1990
  45. Certain Women, 1992
  46. The Rock That is Higher, 1993
  47. Anytime Prayers, 1994
  48. Troubling a Star, 1994
  49. Glimpses of Grace, 1996 (with Carole Chase)
  50. A Live Coal in the Sea, 1996
  51. Penguins and Golden Calves: Icons and Idols, 1996
  52. Wintersong, 1996 (with Luci Shaw)
  53. Bright Evening Star, 1997
  54. Friends for the Journey, 1997 (with Luci Shaw)
  55. Mothers and Daughters, 1997 (with Maria Rooney)
  56. Miracle on 10th Street, 1998
  57. A Full House, 1999
  58. Mothers and Sons, 1999 (with Maria Rooney)
  59. Prayerbook for Spiritual Friends, 1999 (with Luci Shaw)
  60. The Other Dog, 2001
  61. Madeleine L'Engle Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life, 2001 (with Carole Chase)
  62. The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L'Engle, 2005
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