Search Results: "Marylouise Oates"


BOOK REVIEW

CAPITOL VENTURE by Barbara Mikulski
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"A few set pieces on congressional hearings and other aspects of partisan politics aside: another exercise in capital—that is, Beltway—punishment."
Despite a notably unpromising debut (Capitol Offense, 1996), US Senator Mikulski carries on with a series that pits a fictive counterpart against homicidal freebooters in and out of Washington. Read full book review >

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CAPITOL OFFENSE by Barbara Mikulski
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Ultimately, everything rides on the plucky Gorzack, and the senator's shoulders aren't wide enough for the load."
From Mikulski, US senator from Maryland (Democrat), and Oates (Making Peace, 1991), a feeble attempt at a Washington suspense novel that reads like a hand-me-down episode of Murder, She Wrote. Read full book review >

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MAKING PEACE by Marylouise Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1991

"Oates manages to convey the excitement and complexity of political warfare competently enough, but her characters remain shallow stereotypes—rendering this a largely forgettable journey into the past."
Another rehash of 60's politics—now in a debut novel by a former Deputy National Press Director for the Vietnam Moratorium, featuring, not surprisingly, the press secretary for a 1967 Washington peace march and her scary brush with the CIA. Read full book review >

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Erin's Song by M.T. Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"A brief novel with lovely prose and lively characters, but hampered by an occasionally moralistic tone."
Oates' first novel delivers a warm love story that mixes music with questions of morality. Read full book review >

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MAKING MUSIC by Eddie Oates
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1995

"Genial fare, although Ann Wiseman's Making Musical Things (Macmillan, 1979) offers more possibilities, for slightly older readers, than the creations shown here. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Kids can always bang on pots and pans, or pluck on rubber bands to make noise. 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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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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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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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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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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Released: Oct. 6, 1970

These rich, intent stories by the winner of the National Book Award have the supra-reality of the bleak hours before dawn as Miss Oates' characters, taut with awareness, suffer the last turn on the wheel of love. Read full book review >