Search Results: "Joyce Carol Oates"


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THE JOURNAL OF JOYCE CAROL OATES by Joyce Carol Oates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"'Love. Friendship. Art. Work. These are my values,' Oates says. Watching her juggle them in these replete pages is a stimulating experience."
Tensions between public image and private self are engagingly acknowledged and analyzed in illuminating excerpts from journals begun during the second decade of this prolific author's remarkable career. Read full book review >

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THE DOLL-MASTER AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"For readers who like the frisson of psychological horror without too much commitment."
The prolific Oates (The Man Without a Shadow, 2016, etc.) delivers a sextet of creepy stories to disturb your nights and cast shadows across your days.Read full book review >

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NEW JERSEY NOIR by Joyce Carol Oates
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"With barely a hint of redemption to light the darkness, this volume exacts an even higher toll than the turnpike."
A tour through the Garden State is no bed of roses in this bleak collection of stories and poems. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Our most industrious writer back at the anvil, making her usual unholy racket, while simultaneously throwing off sporadic sparks of unalloyed brilliance."
Oates (The Gravedigger's Daughter, 2007, etc.) channels her energies into fictionalizations of the last days of five major American writers. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Surreal interior landscapes, shamelessly incantatory prose and an enduring ambivalence toward the neo-gothic conventions from which Oates (The Gravedigger's Daughter, 2007, etc.) draws her power to shock and dismay."
Ten reprints (2001-2006) that run the gamut from almost-realism to out-of-this-world. Read full book review >

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THE FALLS by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2004

"This big, enthralling novel recaptures the gift for Dreiserian realism that distinguishes such Oates triumphs as them, What I Lived For, and We Were the Mulvaneys. It's her best ever—and a masterpiece."
Oates (I Am No One You Know, 2003, etc.) painstakingly examines the impulse toward self-destruction—and the ways we find to heal ourselves. Read full book review >

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THE TATTOOED GIRL by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2003

"Better-than-average Oates, all the same."
A hybrid, somewhere between (her pseudonym) Rosamond Smith's suspense thrillers and the melodramatic clashes of opposites in earlier works like Wonderland (1971) and American Appetites (1989). Read full book review >

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I’LL TAKE YOU THERE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2002

"One senses that Oates is working through deeply personal material here. I'll Take You There may in fact hold important clues to the autobiographical impulses that appear partially to generate and shape her fiction—but it isn't much of a novel."
Oates's 30th full-length novel is one of her most bizarre and unsettling: a monotonous, only intermittently dramatic exploration of a "brilliant" young woman's quest for certainty and human connection, undertaken at a fictional university during the just-beginning-to-be-turbulent early '60s. Read full book review >

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BROKE HEART BLUES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 25, 1999

"That ambiguity is dramatized in a mesmerizing portrayal of small-town America in extremis that speaks volumes about the way our imaginations create our own reality."
The story of a handsome teenaged killer whose romantic notoriety reverberates for decades in the minds and hearts of his classmates and neighbors is the highly charged core of Oates's generously detailed twenty-ninth novel. Read full book review >

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ZOMBIE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 1995

"Minor Oates, then, but a raw, scorching draft just the same."
Oates (What I Live For, 1994, etc.) is at her most Grand Guignol in this searing study of a psychopathic killer. Read full book review >

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ON BOXING by Joyce Carol Oates
NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 1987

"The reader by a TKO."
Oates loves boxing, especially the sight of wounded fighters, which she calls "cruelly beautiful." Read full book review >

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LAST DAYS by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 1984

"A few real stories, then, but mostly skippable Oates trivia."
Oates' stories, often so unwieldy in their excess length, can and do occasionally mold to a successful shape: the story that's told from far back, for example, the tale that summarily telescopes an entire life. Read full book review >