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 MAN WITHOUT A SHADOW by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The maze of memory is an ideal setting for Oates' trademark mixture of melodrama and pathos."
Oates explores the lives of an amnesiac and the neuroscientist who studies and adores him. Read full book review >

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THE LOST LANDSCAPE by Joyce Carol Oates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Though her past seems to her fragmentary and elusive, what she remembers—or imagines—is warmly, gently told."
Glimpses of the iconic writer's youth. Read full book review >

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EVIL EYE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"With her focus on deviant and twisted characters, Oates continues to be a worthy descendant of the gothic tradition of Edgar Allan Poe."
Four novellas—and as the subtitle informs us, in each, love has definitely "gone wrong" in perverse and creepy ways. Read full book review >

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A WIDOW'S STORY by Joyce Carol Oates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Oates continues to keep her readers guessing at her next thrilling effort."
A wildly unhinged, deeply intimate look at the eminent author's "derangement of Widowhood." Read full book review >

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DEAR HUSBAND, by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2009

"One of this indefatigable author's best books in some time."
The latest of Oates' numerous collections offers 14 tales variously concerned with family relationships and crises. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2008

"A bad idea, poorly executed. Where will Oates take us next? One wonders, and fears."
Oates's 35th novel, which follows last year's flawed but interesting The Gravedigger's Daughter, is another bloated roman a cléf. Read full book review >

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BLACK GIRL/WHITE GIRL by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Characteristically strident and forced—and it's a real shame. This could have been one of Oates's better books."
Oates's billionth is a brooding analysis of racial relations and white liberal guilt, which partially echoes her eerie novella Beasts (2001) and earlier major novel Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart. Read full book review >

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FREAKY GREEN EYES by Joyce Carol Oates
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

Freaky Green Eyes, born during a drunken assault at a teen party, becomes one teen's inner voice of resistance as her family crumbles around her. Read full book review >

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BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES 2003 by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Varied and risky—with the fingerprint of Oates's fetish for the macabre."
Ultraprolific Oates (I'll Take You There, p. 985) perhaps doesn't have enough to do; this time out, she leans toward the experimental with 15 tales selected from writing programs' brightest and best. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS OF THE CENTURY by Joyce Carol Oates
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 22, 2000

"Above average, but definitely not the 'Best.'"
An eclectic anthology of 55 essays chosen by Oates (Blonde, p. 11, etc.) comprising a generous selection of less known but deserving work from mostly big-name writers. Read full book review >

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MAN CRAZY by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1997

"Her boldly drawn grotesques reach out to us, making us believe in them and care about their fates."
Oates's 27th novel, following fast on the heels of last year's highly praised We Were the Mulvaneys, revisits the depressed upstate New York environs of her earliest (and perhaps most typical) fiction. Read full book review >