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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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LOVELY, DARK, DEEP by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"As unsympathetic as many of Oates' mordant and quasi-anonymous characters may appear at first, en masse their fears and anxieties in the face of death and decline epitomize universal recognition of hard facts: We're all in this together, and nobody gets out alive."
What lurks in the woods is creepy and scary, but Oates ventures in deep and reports back in this collection of stories dealing with themes of mortality. Read full book review >

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CARTHAGE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Knotted, tense, digressive and brilliant."
Dark events in Carthage, a town in upstate New York—a war hero returning from Iraq, a broken engagement, a mysterious murder—but not everything is as it seems. Read full book review >

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THE CORN MAIDEN AND OTHER NIGHTMARES by Joyce Carol Oates
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"While the shadows of Poe and Hitchcock loom over these tales, it's clear that Oates herself is a master at creeping out her readers."
Seven nightmarish tales written over a 15-year period. Read full book review >

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SOURLAND by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Oates being Oates. Let the reader beware."
More of (mostly) the same in Oates's latest collection of 16 in-your-face short stories. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVEDIGGER’S DAUGHTER by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"A truly representative sampling of this unpredictable author's grind-it-out strengths and mind-boggling weaknesses."
The lingering residue of survivor's guilt and trauma shape a battered woman's life on the run in Oates's latest novel (Black Girl/White Girl, 2006, etc.), which is stuffed with echoes of her earlier fiction. Read full book review >

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MISSING MOM by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"After last year's triumph The Falls, Oates gives us this? Get this woman an editor."
Oates's latest, which examines the aftershocks of a suburban murder, is an uneasy cross between her literary fiction and her pseudonymous "Rosamond Smith" mystery thrillers. Read full book review >

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I AM NO ONE YOU KNOW by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2004

"Vintage Oates—and very much an acquired taste."
More of the same, from the most frustratingly uneven writer in the business. Read full book review >

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MY HEART LAID BARE by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"That the result is also irresistibly comic is so much frosting on a sumptuous cake and one of the most inviting products of Oates's incomparably rich imagination."
Oates's 28th novel, another installment in the "Gothic Quintet" that includes such energetic faux romances as Bellefleur (1980) and Mysteries of Winterthurn (1984), is one of her most inventive and entertaining yet. Read full book review >

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BLACK WATER by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1992

"One may question whether yet another fictional account, no matter how brief and evocative, of this infamous accident is really worthwhile—though dates fans (and there are many) won't be disappointed."
Oates's latest is an impassioned re-creation of the tragedy at Chappaquiddick—with names withheld and the date moved to the current, post-Reagan era. Read full book review >

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THE ASSIGNATION by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

"Vintage Oates—always interesting, though not always pleasant."
Short, sharp shots (many of them aimed at sensuality and love) from the master of moody foreboding. Read full book review >

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UNHOLY LOVES by Joyce Carol Oates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"A mixed bag of Oates, then—insightful and sharp when it's content to view the academics with a satiric curl of the lip, but characteristically morbid-shallow when trying to reach into their very souls."
Oates has done time in academia, and the best part of this erratic novel—set among literary faculty at an upstate N.Y. college—are her descriptions, verging on dark farce, of professorial vanities, rivalries, insecurities, and petty tactics: much of the book involves a handful of faculty parties, and Oates efficiently captures the spilled drinks, bored wives, snide put-downs, labored jokes, oblique namecallings, faux pas, and hurt egos that characterize such sloshy gatherings. Read full book review >