Joyce Carol Oates

1 The Accursed

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-03-05
Description :  A major historical novel from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation)—an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power, and loss in early-twentieth-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned<br /><br />Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the twentieth century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man–a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil, and who spreads his curse upon a richly deserving community of white Anglo-Saxon privilege. And in the Pine Barrens that border the town, a lush and terrifying underworld opens up. <br /><br />When the bride's brother sets out against all odds to find her, his path will cross those of Princeton's most formidable people, from Grover Cleveland,&#xa0;fresh out of his second term in the White House and retired to town for a quieter life, to soon-to-be commander in chief Woodrow Wilson,&#xa0;president of the university&#xa0;and a complex individual obsessed to the point of madness with his need to retain power; from the young Socialist idealist Upton Sinclair to his charismatic comrade Jack London, and the most famous writer of the era, Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain–all plagued by "accursed" visions.<br /><br />An utterly fresh work from Oates, The Accursed marks new territory for the masterful writer. Narrated with her unmistakable psychological insight, it combines beautifully transporting historical detail with chilling supernatural elements to stunning effect.

2 A Widow's Story

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2011-02-15
Description :  In a work unlike anything she's written before, National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates unveils a poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of forty-six years and its wrenching, surprising aftermath.<br /><br />"My husband died, my life collapsed." <br /><br />On a February morning in 2008, Joyce Carol Oates drove her ailing husband, Raymond Smith, to the emergency room of the Princeton Medical Center where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Both Joyce and Ray expected him to be released in a day or two. But in less than a week, even as Joyce was preparing for his discharge, Ray died from a virulent hospital-acquired infection, and Joyce was suddenly faced—totally unprepared—with the stunning reality of widowhood.<br /><br />A Widow's Story illuminates one woman's struggle to comprehend a life without the partnership that had sustained and defined her for nearly half a century. As never before, Joyce Carol Oates shares the derangement of denial, the anguish of loss, the disorientation of the survivor amid a nightmare of "death-duties," and the solace of friendship. She writes unflinchingly of the experience of grief—the almost unbearable suspense of the hospital vigil, the treacherous "pools" of memory that surround us, the vocabulary of illness, the absurdities of commercialized forms of mourning. Here is a frank acknowledgment of the widow's desperation—only gradually yielding to the recognition that "this is my life now."<br /><br />Enlivened by the piercing vision, acute perception, and mordant humor that are the hallmarks of the work of Joyce Carol Oates, this moving tale of life and death, love and grief, offers a candid, never-before-glimpsed view of the acclaimed author and fiercely private woman.

3 Mudwoman

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2012-03-20
Description :  “Oates is just a fearless writer…with her brave heart and her impossibly lush and dead-on imaginative powers.”<br />—Los Angeles Times<br />&#xa0;<br />“[An] extraordinarily intense, racking, and resonant novel.”<br />—Booklist (starred review)<br /><br />One of the most acclaimed writers in the world today, the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates follows up her searing, New York Times bestselling memoir, A Widow’s Story, with an extraordinary new work of fiction. Mudwoman is a riveting psychological thriller, taut with dark suspense, that explores the high price of repression in the life of a respected university president teetering on the precipice of a nervous breakdown. Like Daphne DuMaurier’s gothic masterwork, Rebecca, and the classic ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, Oates’s Mudwoman is a chilling page-turner that hinges on the power of the imagination and the blurry lines between the real and the invented—and it stands tall among the author’s most powerful and beloved works, including The Falls, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, and We Were the Mulvaneys.<br />

4 We Were the Mulvaneys

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Family 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  1996-09-01
Description :  <b>An&#xa0;Oprah Book Club® selection</b><br /><b><br />A <i>New York Times </i>Notable Book</b><br /><br />"It's the novel closest to my heart…. I'm deeply moved that <b>Oprah Winfrey</b> has selected this novel for Oprah's Book Club, a family novel presented to Oprah's vast American family."—<b>Joyce Carol Oates</b><br /><br />Moving away from the dark tone of her more recent masterpieces, Joyce Carol Oates turns the tale of a family struggling to cope with its fall from grace into a deeply moving and unforgettable account of the vigor of hope and the power of love to prevail over suffering.The Mulvaneys of High Point Farm in Mt. Ephraim, New York, are a large and fortunate clan, blessed with good looks, abundant charisma, and boundless promise. But over the twenty-five year span of this ambitious novel, the Mulvaneys will slide, almost imperceptibly at first, from the pinnacle of happiness, transformed by the vagaries of fate into a scattered collection of lost and lonely souls.It is the youngest son, Judd, now an adult, who attempts to piece together the fragments of the Mulvaneys' former glory, seeking to uncover and understand the secret violation that occasioned the family's tragic downfall. Each of the Mulvaneys endures some form of exile- physical or spiritual - but in the end they find a way to bridge the chasms that have opened up among them, reuniting in the spirit of love and healing.Profoundly cathartic, Oates' acclaimed novel unfolds as if, in the darkness of the human spirit, she has come upon a source of light at its core. Rarely has a writer made such a startling and inspiring statement about the value of hope and compassion.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

5 Zombie

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2009-11-03
Description :  Zombie is a classic novel of dark obsession from the extraordinary Joyce Carol Oates. A brilliant, unflinching journey into the mind of a serial killer, Zombie views the world through the eyes of Quentin P., newly paroled sex offender, as he chillingly evolves from rapist to mass murderer. Joyce Carol Oates—the prolific author of so many extraordinary bestsellers, including The Gravediggers Daughter, Blonde, and The Falls—demonstrates why she ranks among America’s most respected and accomplished literary artists with this provocative, breathtaking, and disturbing masterwork.

6 Carthage

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2014-01-21
Description :  A young girl's disappearance rocks a community and a family in this stirring examination of grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war from Joyce Carol Oates, "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation)<br /><br />Zeno Mayfield's daughter has disappeared into the night, gone missing in the wilds of the Adirondacks. But when the community of Carthage joins a father's frantic search for the girl, they discover the unlikeliest of suspects—a decorated Iraq War veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family. As grisly evidence mounts against the troubled war hero, the family must wrestle with the possibility of having lost a daughter forever.<br /><br />Carthage plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded young corporal haunted by unspeakable acts of wartime aggression, while unraveling the story of a disaffected young girl whose exile from her family may have come long before her disappearance. <br /><br />Dark and riveting, Carthage is a powerful addition to the Joyce Carol Oates canon, one that explores the human capacity for violence, love, and forgiveness, and asks if it's ever truly possible to come home again.

7 Middle Age: A Romance

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  In Salthill-on-Hudson, a half-hour train ride from Manhattan, everyone is rich, beautiful, and -- though they look much younger -- middle-aged. But when Adam Berendt, a charismatic, mysterious sculptor, dies suddenly in a brash act of heroism, shock waves rock the town. But who was Adam Berendt? Was he in fact a hero, or someone more flawed and human?

8 The Falls

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  It is 1950 and, after a disastrous honeymoon night, Ariah Erskine's young husband throws himself into the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. Ariah, "the Widow Bride of the Falls," begins a relentless seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found. At her side is confirmed bachelor and pillar of the community Dirk Burnaby, who is unexpectedly drawn to her. What follows is a passionate love affair, marriage, and family -- a seemingly perfect existence. But tragedy soon takes over their lives, poisoning their halcyon years with distrust, greed, and murder.<br /><br />Set against the mythic-historic backdrop of Niagara Falls in the mid-twentieth century, this haunting exploration of the American family in crisis is a stunning achievement from "one of the great artistic forces of our time" (The Nation).<br />This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

9 Bellefleur

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Paranormal  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-06-25
Description :  A wealthy and notorious clan, the Bellefleurs live in a region not unlike the Adirondacks, in an enormous mansion on the shores of mythic Lake Noir. They own vast lands and profitable businesses, they employ their neighbors, and they influence the government. A prolific and eccentric group, they include several millionaires, a mass murderer, a spiritual seeker who climbs into the mountains looking for God, a wealthy noctambulist who dies of a chicken scratch. <br /><br />Bellefleur traces the lives of several generations of this unusual family. At its center is Gideon Bellefleur and his imperious, somewhat psychic, very beautiful wife, Leah, their three children (one with frightening psychic abilities), and the servants and relatives, living and dead, who inhabit the mansion and its environs. Their story offers a profound look at the world's changeableness, time and eternity, space and soul, pride and physicality versus love. Bellefleur is an allegory of caritas versus cupiditas, love and selflessness versus pride and selfishness. It is a novel of change, baffling complexity, mystery.<br /><br />Written with a voluptuousness and startling immediacy that transcends Joyce Carol Oates's early works, Bellefleur is widely regarded as a masterwork—a feat of literary genius that forces us "to ask again how anyone can possibly write such books, such absolutely convincing scenes, rousing in us, again and again, the familiar Oates effect, the point of all her art: joyful terror gradually ebbing toward wonder" (John Gardner).

10 The Gravedigger's Daughter

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  Fleeing Nazi Germany in 1936, the Schwarts immigrate to a small town in upstate New York. Here the father—a former high school teacher—is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. When local prejudice and the family's own emotional frailty give rise to an unthinkable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca heads out into America. Embarking upon an extraordinary odyssey of erotic risk and ingenious self-invention, she seeks renewal, redemption, and peace—on the road to a bittersweet and distinctly “American” triumph.

11 A Book of American Martyrs

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2017-02-07
Description :  “Oates’ American saga captivates because it exists within an actual drama playing out across the country...Martyrs is a graceful and excruciating story of two families who do not live very far apart, but exist in different realities. ” --USA Today, 4-star review<br /><br />“Successful because [Oates] refuses to satirize or dehumanize anyone, even murderous foes of abortion...With its wrath and violence, A Book of American Martyrs offers this teaspoon of warmth in these troubled times: that it is possible to be wrong without surrendering your humanity.”&#xa0; --Los Angeles Times<br /><br />“The most relevant book of Oates’s half-century-long career, a powerful reminder that fiction can be as timely as this morning’s tweets but infinitely more illuminating.” --Washington Post<br /><br />A powerfully resonant and provocative novel from American master and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates <br /><br />In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God’s will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic but self-regarding doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief. <br /><br />In her moving, insightful portrait, Joyce Carol Oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely-but with great empathy-confronts an intractable, abiding rift in American society.&#xa0; <br /><br />A Book of American Martyrs is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.

12 The Man Without a Shadow

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2016-01-19
Description :  In this taut and fascinating novel, the bestselling, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep examines the mysteries of memory, personality, and identity and pierces the enigmatic force that drives human lives—love.<br /><br />In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets the attractive, charismatic Elihu Hoopes—the “man without a shadow”—whose devastated memory, unable to store new experiences or to retrieve the old, will make him the most famous and most studied amnesiac in history. Over the course of the next thirty years, Margot herself becomes famous for her experiments with E. H.—and inadvertently falls in love with him, despite the ethical ambiguity of their affair, and though he remains forever elusive and mysterious to her, haunted by mysteries of the past.<br /><br />The Man Without a Shadow tracks the intimate, illicit relationship between Margot and Eli, as scientist and subject embark upon an exploration of the labyrinthine mysteries of the human brain. Where does “memory” reside? Where is “love”? Is it possible to love an individual who cannot love you, who cannot “remember” you from one meeting to the next?<br /><br />Made vivid by her exceptional eye for detail and her keen insight into the human psyche, The Man Without A Shadow is a unique story of forbidden love, a kind of secret, evolving marriage, depicted in Joyce Carol Oates’s tight, impassioned prose. It is an uncanny, ambitious, and structurally complex novel that penetrates the mind and illuminates the heart.

13 Faithless

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  In this collection of twenty-one unforgettable stories, Joyce Carol Oates explores the mysterious private lives of men and women with vivid, unsparing precision and sympathy. By turns interlocutor and interpreter, magician and realist, she dissects the psyches of ordinary people and their potential for good and evil with chilling understatement and lasting power.

14 Sourland

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2010-09-14
Description :  “Oates is a fearless writer.” <br /><br />—Los Angeles Times<br /><br />“Oates is a master of the dark tale—stories of the hunted and the hunter, of violence, trauma, and deep psychic wounds.”<br /><br />—Booklist (starred review)<br /><br />Sourland is a gripping, haunting, and intensely moving collection of short stories by Joyce Carol Oates, one of America’s preeminent authors. Unforgettable tales that re-imagine the meaning of loss—often through violent means—Sourland is yet another extraordinary read from the literary icon who has previously brought us The Gravedigger’s Daughter, Blonde, We Were the Mulvaneys, and numerous other classic works of contemporary fiction.

15 Expensive People

Author : Joyce Carol Oates & Elaine Showalter
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2006-09-12
Description :  Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. In Expensive People, Oates takes a provocative and suspenseful look at the roiling secrets of America’s affluent suburbs. Set in the late 1960s, this first-person confession is narrated by Richard Everett, a precocious and obese boy who sees himself as a minor character in the alarming drama unfolding around him. <br /><br />Fascinated by yet alienated from his attractive, self-absorbed parents and the privileged world they inhabit, Richard incisively analyzes his own mismanaged childhood, his pretentious private schooling, his “successful-executive” father, and his elusive mother. In an act of defiance and desperation, eleven-year-old Richard strikes out in a way that presages the violence of ever-younger Americans in the turbulent decades to come.<br /><br />A National Book Award finalist, <i>Expensive People</i> is a stunning combination of social satire and gothic horror. “You cannot put this novel away after you have opened it,” said <i>The Detroit News</i>. “This is that kind of book–hypnotic, fascinating, and electrifying.”<br /><br /><i>Expensive People </i>is the second novel in the Wonderland Quartet. The books that complete this acclaimed series, A<i> Garden of Earthly Delights</i>, them, and <i>Wonderland</i>, are also available from the Modern Library.

16 American Appetites

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2014-07-15
Description :  Finally returned to print in a beautiful new trade paperback edition, American Appetites is classic Joyce Carol Oates—a suspenseful thriller in which the happy facade of an affluent suburban couple crumbles under the weight of tragedy and scandal.<br /><br />For twenty-six years, Ian McCullough, a demographics researcher at a social science think tank, has been happily married to Glynnis, a successful cookbook writer and a brilliant hostess.<br /><br />When a drunken argument about a suspected infidelity turns physical, Ian accidentally pushes Glynnis through a plate glass window—or did she fall? Now, Glynnis is dead, Ian is charged with murder, and their American dream is shattered. And soon, in a courtroom where guilt and responsibility become two very separate issues, Ian will stand trial, fighting for his life.<br /><br />A sophisticated, witty, and chilling novel from the incomparable Joyce Carol Oates, American Appetites explores our insatiable hunger for power, love, and success, and how comfortable, privileged lives—and the course of fate—can be dramatically transformed in an instant.

17 Lovely, Dark, Deep

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-09-09
Description :  From the legendary literary master, winner of the National Book Award and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, a collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories that maps the eerie darkness within us all.<br /><br />Insightful, disturbing, imaginative, and breathtaking in their lyrical precision, the stories in Lovely, Dark, Deep display Joyce Carol Oates’s magnificent ability to make visceral the terror, hurt, and uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives.<br /><br />In “Mastiff,” a woman and a man are joined in an erotic bond forged out of terror and gratitude. “Sex with Camel” explores how a sixteen-year-old boy realizes the depth of his love for his grandmother—and how vulnerable those feelings make him. Fearful that that her husband is “disappearing” from their life, a woman becomes obsessed with keeping him in her sight in “The Disappearing.” “A Book of Martyrs” reveals how the end of a pregnancy brings with it the end of a relationship. And in the title story, the elderly Robert Frost is visited by an interviewer, an unsettling young woman, who seems to know a good deal more about his life than she should.<br /><br />A piercing and evocative collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep reveals an artist at the height of her creative power.

18 The Sacrifice

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  African American  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2015-01-27
Description :  New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates returns with an incendiary novel that illuminates the tragic impact of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and power on innocent lives and probes the persistence of stereotypes, the nature of revenge, the complexities of truth, and our insatiable hunger for sensationalism<br /><br />When a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice—of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what—and who—the "sacrifice" actually is, and what consequences these kinds of events hold for us all.<br /><br />Working at the height of her powers, Oates offers a sympathetic portrait of the young girl and her mother, and challenges our expectations and beliefs about our society, our biases, and ourselves. As the chorus of its voices—from the police to the media to the victim and her family—reaches a crescendo, The Sacrifice offers a shocking new understanding of power and oppression, innocence and guilt, truth and sensationalism, justice and retribution.<br /><br />A chilling exploration of complex social, political, and moral themes—the enduring trauma of the past, modern racial and class tensions, the power of secrets, and the primal decisions we all make to protect those we love—The Sacrifice is a major work of fiction from one of our most revered literary masters.

19 Wonderland

Author : Joyce Carol Oates & Elaine Showalter
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2006-09-12
Description :  Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. Spanning from the Great Depression to the turbulent Vietnam War era, <i>Wonderland</i> is the epic account of Jesse Vogel, a boy who emerged from a family tragedy with his life spared but his world torn apart. Orphaned after watching his father murder his entire family, Jesse embarks on a personal odyssey that takes him from a Dickensian foster home to college and graduate school to the pinnacle of the medical profession. As an adult, Jesse must summon the strength to reach across the “generation gap” and rescue his endangered teenaged daughter, who has fallen into the drug-infused 1960s counterculture. <br /><br /> Hailed by Library Journal as “the greatest of Oates’s novels,” <i>Wonderland </i>is the capstone of a magnificent literary excursion that plunges beneath the glossy surface of American life. <br /><br /> <i>Wonderland</i> is the final novel in Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet. The books that complete this acclaimed series, <i>A Garden of Earthly Delights</i>, <i>Expensive People</i>, and them, are also available from the Modern Library.

20 Black Dahlia & White Rose

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2012-09-11
Description :  “A mesmerizing storyteller who seems almost unnaturally able to enter the tormented inner lives of her characters.”<br />—Denver Post<br /><br />Black Dahlia &amp; White Rose is a brilliant collection of short fiction from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.&#xa0; These stores, at once lyrical and unsettling, shine with the author’s trademark fascination with finding the unpredictable amidst the prosaic—from her imaginative recreation of&#xa0; friendship between two tragically doomed young women (Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Short), to the tale of an infidelity as deeply human as it is otherworldly. Black Dahlia &amp; White Rose is a major offering from one of the most important artists in contemporary American literature; a superb collection that showcases Joyce Carol Oates’s ferocious energy and darkly imaginative storytelling power.<br />

21 Big Mouth & Ugly Girl

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Coming of Age  Books  Young Adult  Fiction 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  Big Mouth<br /><br />No I did not. I did not, I did not. I did not say those things, and I did not plan those things. Won't It anyone believe me?<br /><br />Ugly Girl<br /><br />All right, Ugly Girl made a mistake. I'd told my mom what I'd heard in the cafeteria, and she'd told Dad. Evidently. I'd thought for sure they would want me to speak up for the truth.

22 Jack of Spades

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2015-05-05
Description :  From Joyce Carol Oates, an exquisite, psychologically complex thriller about opposing forces within the mind of one ambitious writer and the delicate line between genius and madness.<br /><br />Andrew J. Rush has achieved the kind of critical and commercial success most authors only dream about: He has a top agent and publisher in New York, and his twenty-eight mystery novels have sold millions of copies. Only Stephen King, one of the few mystery writers whose fame exceeds his own, is capable of inspiring a twinge of envy in Rush. But Rush is hiding a dark secret. Under the pseudonym "Jack of Spades," he pens another string of novels—noir thrillers that are violent, lurid, masochistic. These are novels that the upstanding Rush wouldn't be caught reading, let alone writing. When his daughter comes across a Jack of Spades novel he has carelessly left out, she picks it up and begins to ask questions. Meanwhile, Rush receives a court summons in the mail explaining that a local woman has accused him of plagiarizing her own self-published fiction. Before long, Rush's reputation, career, and family life all come under threat—and in his mind he begins to hear the taunting voice of the Jack of Spades.

23 Patricide

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2012-07-03
Description :  Roland Marks is a Nobel Prize winning novelist with a penchant for younger women and four marriages behind him. Lou-Lou Marks, his grown daughter, is a successful academic in her own right. But her real career lies in attending to her father. An egomaniacal and emotionally manipulative man, he demands of her absolute filial loyalty and an uncompromising acquiescence to his every need—her only reward is his approval, which she feels she never fully receives, but desperately desires. When Roland falls in love with a woman fifty years his junior, Lou-Lou senses the precarious decline of her power. Intent on preventing Roland from marrying for a fifth time and signing away his estate—and her inheritance—the relationship takes a darkly comical turn. Astute, insightful, and mordantly hilarious, Patricide is Joyce Carol Oates at her best.

24 Missing Mom

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  Nikki Eaton, single, thirty-one, sexually liberated, and economically self-supporting, has never particularly thought of herself as a daughter. Yet, following the unexpected loss of her mother, she undergoes a remarkable transformation during a tumultuous year that brings stunning horror, sorrow, illumination, wisdom, and even—from an unexpected source—a nurturing love.

25 Dear Husband

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-10-06
Description :  “[Oates] has once again held a haunting mirror up to America, revealing who we are.”<br /><br />—Boston Globe<br /><br />The inimitable Joyce Carol Oates returns with Dear Husband—a gripping and moving story collection that powerfully re-imagines the meaning of family in America, often through violent means. Oates, a former recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction—as well as the National Book Award, Prix Femina, and numerous other literary honors—dazzles and disturbs with an outstanding compilation the Washington Post calls, “Savage, poetic and ruthless...among the best things she’s ever done.” Dear Husband is another triumph for the author of The Gravedigger’s Daughter, We Were the Mulvaneys, and Blonde.

26 Dark Screams: Volume Six

Author : Brian James Freeman, Richard Chizmar, Stephen King, Norman Prentiss & Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Horror  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Paranormal 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2017-04-25
Description :  Stephen King, Lisa Morton, Nell Quinn-Gibney, Norman Prentiss, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tim Curran plunge readers into the dark side in this deeply unsettling short-story collection curated by legendary horror editors Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar.<br /><br /> <b>THE OLD DUDE’S TICKER by Stephen King</b><br /> Richard Drogan has been spooked ever since he came back from Nam, but he’s no head case, dig? He just knows the old dude needs to die.<br /><br /> <b>THE RICH ARE DIFFERENT by Lisa Morton</b><br /> Even though she made her name revealing the private lives of the rich and famous, Sara Peck has no idea how deep their secrets really go . . . or the price they’ll pay to get what they desire.<br /><br /> <b>THE MANICURE by Nell Quinn-Gibney</b><br /> A trip to the nail salon is supposed to be relaxing. But as the demons of the past creep closer with every clip, even the most serene day of pampering can become a nightmare.<br /><br /> <b>THE COMFORTING VOICE by Norman Prentiss</b><br /> It’s a little strange how baby Lydia can only be soothed by her grandfather’s unnatural voice, ravaged by throat cancer. The weirdest part? What he’s saying is more disturbing than how he says it.<br /><br /> <b>THE SITUATIONS by Joyce Carol Oates</b><br /> There are certain lessons children must learn, rules they must follow, scars they must bear. No lesson is more important than this: Never question Daddy. Or else.<br /><br /> <b>THE CORPSE KING by Tim Curran</b><br /> Grave robbers Kierney and Clow keep one step ahead of the law as they ply their ghoulish trade, but there’s no outrunning a far more frightening enemy that hungers for the dead.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for the Dark Screams series</b><br /><br /> “A wicked treat [featuring] . . . some of the genre’s best.”<b>—Hellnotes</b>, on <i>Volume One</i><br /><br /> “Five fun-to-read stories by top-notch horror scribes. How can you lose? The answer: you can’t.”<b>—Atomic Fangirl</b>, on <i>Volume Two</i><br /><br /> “If you have not tried the series yet, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of any (or all) of the books for yourself.”<b>—<i>Examiner.com</i></b><i>, </i>on <i>Volume Three</i><br /><br /> “Fans of horror of every variety will find something to love in these pages.”<b>—<i>LitReactor</i></b><i>,</i> on <i>Volume Four</i><br /><br /> “[<i>Volume Five</i>] runs the gamut from throwback horror to lyrical and heartbreaking tales.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b>

27 The Tattooed Girl

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  Joshua Seigl, a celebrated but reclusive author, is forced for reasons of failing health to surrender his much-prized bachelor's independence. Advertising for an assistant, he unwittingly embarks upon the most dangerous adventure of his privileged life.<br /><br />Alma Busch, a sensuous, physically attractive young woman with bizarre tattoos covering much of her body, stirs in Seigl a complex of emotions: pity? desire? responsibility? guilt? Unaware of her painful past and her troubled personality, Seigl hires her as his assistant. As the novel alternates between Seigl's and Alma's points of view, the naïve altruism of the one and the virulent anti-Semitism of the other clash in a tragedy of thwarted erotic desire.<br /><br />With her masterful balance of dark suspense and surprising tenderness, Joyce Carol Oates probes the contemporary tragedy of ethnic hatred and challenges our accepted limits of desire. The Tattooed Girl may be her most controversial novel.

28 Blonde

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-02-14
Description :  In this ambitious book, Joyce Carol Oates boldly reimagines the inner, poetic, and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker—the child, the woman, the fated celebrity and idolized blonde the world came to know as Marilyn Monroe. In a voice startling, intimate, and rich, Norma Jeane tells her own story, that of an emblematic American artist—intensely conflicted and driven—who has lost her way. A powerful portrait of Hollywood’s myth and an extraordinary woman’s heartbreaking reality, Blonde is a sweeping epic that pays tribute to the elusive magic and devastation behind the creation of the great twentieth-century American star.

29 Marya: A Life

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2014-03-18
Description :  A deeply intimate psychological portrait of a young woman's tragic childhood, her reinvention as a successful young artist in the literary circles of 1950s New York City, and her struggle to understand and overcome the trauma of her past.<br /><br />Growing up in the confines of Innisfail, a bleak town in upstate New York, bright and curious Marya endures abandonment, betrayal, and loneliness. A college scholarship offers escape, taking her to New York City, where she makes a name for herself in academic and literary circles. But success cannot overcome the damage of her childhood, pain that haunts Marya’s personal, professional, and romantic relationships, and has left her unmoored.<br /><br />Psychologically nuanced, rich in insight and emotional complexity, told with the unsettling power of Joyce Carol Oates’s gothic novels, Marya: A Life is an intense look into the psyche of a young woman and an illuminating exploration of how the past reverberates throughout our lives.

30 Little Bird of Heaven

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2009-09-15
Description :  Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates is a riveting story of love violently lost and found in late 20th century .&#xa0;In this novel, Oates returns to the , region to brilliantly explore the dangerous intersections of romance and eroticism, guilt and obsession, desire and murder. Little Bird of Heaven, a soaring&#xa0;work by the New York Times bestselling author and a nominee for the 2009 Man Booker Prize—one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards—is as powerful and unforgettable as Joyce Carol Oates’s previous acclaimed novels The Gravedigger’s Daughter and We Were the Mulvaneys.

31 My Sister, My Love

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  New York Times bestselling author of The Falls, Blonde, and We Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates returns with a dark, wry, satirical tale—inspired by an unsolved American true-crime mystery.<br /><br />"Dysfunctional families are all alike. Ditto 'survivors.'"<br /><br />So begins the unexpurgated first-person narrative of nineteen-year-old Skyler Rampike, the only surviving child of an "infamous" American family. A decade ago the Rampikes were destroyed by the murder of Skyler's six-year-old ice-skating champion sister, Bliss, and the media scrutiny that followed. Part investigation into the unsolved murder; part elegy for the lost Bliss and for Skyler's own lost childhood; and part corrosively funny exposé of the pretensions of upper-middle-class American suburbia, this captivating novel explores with unexpected sympathy and subtlety the intimate lives of those who dwell in Tabloid Hell.<br /><br />Likely to be Joyce Carol Oates's most controversial novel to date, as well as her most boldly satirical, this unconventional work of fiction is sure to be recognized as a classic exploration of the tragic interface between private life and the perilous life of "celebrity." In My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike, the incomparable Oates once again mines the depths of the sinister yet comic malaise at the heart of our contemporary culture.

32 In Rough Country

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Nonfiction 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-06-29
Description :  “A poignant, nostalgic collection of literary criticism by one of America’s premier authors.”<br />—Kirkus Reviews<br /><br />In Rough Country is a sterling collection of essays, reviews, and criticism from Joyce Carol Oates that focuses on a wide array of books and writers—from Poe to Nabokov, from Flannery O’Connor to Phillip Roth. One of our foremost novelists, National Book Award&#xa0;and PEN/Malamud Award winner Oates demonstrates an unparalleled understanding and appreciation of great works of literature with In Rough Country, and offers unique and breathtaking insights into the writer’s art.

33 Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer

Author : Joseph Conrad, Joyce Carol Oates & Vince Passaro
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Horror 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  1950-12-01
Description :  <b>In this pair of literary voyages into the inner self, Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy pieces of fiction of the twentieth century. </b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> <i>Heart of Darkness</i> is a devastating commentary on the corruptibility of humanity. Based on Conrad’s own 1890 trip up the Congo River, the story is told by Marlow, the novelist’s alter ego. It is a journey into darkness and horror—both literally, as the narrator descends into a sinister jungle landscape, and metaphorically, as he encounters the morally depraved Mr. Kurtz. <i>The Secret Sharer</i> is the tale of a young sea captain’s first command as he sails into the Gulf of Siam—and into an encounter with his mysterious “double,” the shadow self of the unconscious mind.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Joseph Conrad boldly experimented with the novella and novel forms, filled his writing with the exotic places he himself had traveled, and concerned himself with honor, guilt, moral alienation, and sin. <i>Heart of Darkness</i> and <i>The Secret Sharer</i> encapsulate his literary achievements—and his haunting portrayal of the dark side of man.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>With an Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates</b><br /> <b>and an Afterword by Vince Passaro</b><br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>

34 The Lost Landscape

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-09-08
Description :  Written with the raw honesty and poignant insight that were the hallmarks of her acclaimed bestseller A Widow’s Story, an affecting and observant memoir of growing up from one of our finest and most beloved literary masters.<br /><br />The Lost Landscape is Joyce Carol Oates’ vivid chronicle of her hardscrabble childhood in rural western New York State. From memories of her relatives, to those of a charming bond with a special red hen on her family farm; from her first friendships to her earliest experiences with death, The Lost Landscape is a powerful evocation of the romance of childhood, and its indelible influence on the woman and the writer she would become.<br /><br />In this exceptionally candid, moving, and richly reflective account, Oates explores the world through the eyes of her younger self, an imaginative girl eager to tell stories about the world and the people she meets. While reading Alice in Wonderland changed a young Joyce forever and inspired her to view life as a series of endless adventures, growing up on a farm taught her harsh lessons about sacrifice, hard work, and loss. With searing detail and an acutely perceptive eye, Oates renders her memories and emotions with exquisite precision, transporting us to a forgotten place and time—the lost landscape of her youth, reminding us of the forgotten landscapes of our own earliest lives.&#xa0;

35 The Rescuer

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Family  Books  Fiction & Literature  Short Stories 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2012-12-26
Description :  Lydia is a graduate student in cultural anthropology—a fellow at a prestigious university, with a bright future ahead of her. Harvey, her brother, is a seminary student driven by his god-besotted studies. The two have never shared much of anything except a mutual desire to escape the stifling confines of the home they grew up in and the parents they left behind. But when Lydia's estranged parents call her to say Harvey has mysteriously dropped out of seminary, Lydia begrudgingly sets out to "rescue" him—though the dark path into Harvey's new world leads Lydia herself through a threatening terrain of addiction, sexuality, and violence. An astute, insightful, and mordant examination of faith, family, and sibling ties, The Rescuer is Joyce Carol Oates at her best.

36 Billy Budd and Other Tales

Author : Herman Melville, Julian Markels & Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  1961-10-01
Description :  <b>A master of the american short story</b><br /><br /> Included in this rich collection are: <i>The Piazza, Bartleby the Scrivener, Benito Cereno, The Lightning-Rod Man, The Encantadas, The Bell-Tower</i>, and <i>The Town-Ho's Story</i>.

37 Freedom

Author : Amnesty International USA, Desmond Tutu, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Paulo Coelho & Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2011-01-04
Description :  <b>Bestselling authors bring together a thought-provoking collection of short stories, each inspired by one of thirty human rights adopted by the United Nations and promoted by Amnesty International. </b><br /><br /><i>Freedom</i> is a mix of thoughtful, serious, funny, and thrilling stories that harness the power of literature to celebrate—and affirm—our shared humanity. Published in association with Amnesty International, an array of internationally acclaimed &amp; award-winning writers remind us these fundamental freedoms – ratified in 1948 – are just as crucial to protect and uphold today as ever.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> The United Nations took a moral stand against human rights crimes and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a proclamation of thirty rights that belong to us all, starting memorably with Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal.” Amnesty International is one of several international organizations promoting UDHR. It is a world-leading grassroots human rights organization &amp; a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> Authors include: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Kate Atkinson, Ishmael Beah, Paulo Coelho, Nadine Gordimer, Marina Lewycka, Henning Mankell, Yann Martel, Rohinton Minstry, David Mitchell, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates.<br /> &#xa0;

38 Evil Eye

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2013-09-03
Description :  Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most prominent writers of her generation, and she is fearless when exploring the most disturbing corners of human nature. In <i>Evil Eye</i>, Oates offers four chilling tales of love gone horribly wrong, showing the lengths people will go to find love, keep it, and sometimes end it.<br /><br />In "Evil Eye," we meet Mariana, the young 4th wife of a prominent intellectual. When her husband's brazen first wife visits one night, Mariana learns a terrible secret that threatens her marriage and sanity. In "So Near, Anytime, Always," shy teenager Lizbeth meets Desmond, a charming boy who offers this introverted girl the first sparks of young romance. Yet just as their relationship begins to blossom, Lizbeth realizes that beneath Desmond's perfect façade lies a dark soul that could wreak havoc on Lizbeth and her loved ones. In "The Execution," spoiled college student Bart Hansen has planned the perfect, brutal crime to get back at his parents for their years of condescension. Yet what he didn't plan for is a mother whose love is more resilent than he could have ever imagined, who threatens to derail his carefully laid-out plans.

39 Prison Noir

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Nonfiction  Social Science  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2014-08-11
Description :  &#34;Reading the fifteen stories in Prison Noir is a sobering experience. Unlike most claimants to that much-abused term, this is the real thing...The power of this collection comes from the voices of these authors, voices suffused with rage (&#34;3 Block From Hell,&#34; by Bryan K. Palmer), despair (&#34;There Will Be Seeds for Next Year,&#34; by Zeke Caligiuri), and madness (&#34;Shuffle,&#34; by Christopher M. Stephen).&#34; --New York Times Book Review &#34;These are stories that resonate with authenticity and verve and pain and truth. Any collection edited by the National Book Award-winning author Oates (them; Blonde, Rape: A Love Story) deserves attention, but the contributors are deft and confident, and great writers without her imprimatur....Authentic, powerful, visceral, moving, great writing.&#34; --Library Journal, Starred review &#34;A remarkable anthology of stories written by inmates of correctional institutions across America...Most importantly, this landmark volume amplifies the voices of the incarcerated.&#34; --Publishers Weekly, Starred review One of BookRiot&#39;s Must-Read Books from Indie Presses for 2014 &#34;I gobbled it up. The voice in each piece is authentic...A fascinating read.&#34; --subTerrain Magazine &#34;A strong compilation of prison literature, varied, well-written and not always what might be expected.&#34; --Reviewing the Evidence &#34;No matter what side of the bars you live on, Prison Noir is worth doing time with.&#34; --Killeen Daily Herald &#34;Readers will soak up every line...There is no doubt that readers from all walks of life, especially those less knowledgeable about life in prison, will appreciate Prison Noir.&#34; --Killer Nashville &#34;This is a collection of stories that you will want to take your time with, savor, and probably reread a few times.&#34; --Jenn&#39;s Review Blog &#34;There is an intensity and melancholy that shines through these fifteen short stories, all written by prison inmates incarcerated throughout the US, and edited by the inestimable Joyce Carol Oates.&#34; --A Lit Chick &#34;Affecting, powerfully written and arresting literature. Well worth seeking out.&#34; --BRSBKBLOG Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched with the summer &#39;04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective geographic range of the book. This anthology, with stories set in different prisons across the US, presents an absolutely new perspective on prison literature. From the introduction by Joyce Carol Oates: &#34;The blood jet is poetry--these words of Sylvia Plath have reverberated through my experience of reading and rereading the stories of Prison Noir. In this case the blood jet is prose, though sometimes poetic prose; if we go a little deeper, in some chilling instances, the blood jet is exactly that: blood. For these stories are not &#34;literary&#34; exercises--though some are exceptionally well-written by any formalist standards, and artfully structured as narratives; with a single exception the stories are stark, somber, emotionally driven cris de coeur...We may feel revulsion for some of the acts described in these stories, but we are likely to feel a startled, even stunned sympathy for the perpetrators. And in several stories, including even murderers&#39; confessions, we are likely to feel a profound and unsettling identification...There is no need for fantasy-horror in a place in which matter-of-fact horror is the norm, and mental illness is epidemic. Vividly rendered realism is the predominant literary strategy, as in a riveting documentary film.&#34; Featuring brand-new stories by: Christopher M. Stephen, Sin Soracco, Scott Gutches, Eric Boyd, Ali F. Sareini, Stephen Geez, B.M. Dolarman, Zeke Caligiuri, Marco Verdoni, Kenneth R. Brydon, Linda Michelle Marquardt, Andre White, Timothy Pauley, Bryan K. Palmer, and William Van Poyck.

40 The Faith of a Writer

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Writing  Books  Reference 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  A tribute to the brilliant craftsmanship of one of our most distinguished writers, providing valuable insight into her inspiration and her method<br /><br /> Joyce Carol Oates is widely regarded as one of America's greatest contemporary literary figures. Having written in a number of genres -- prose, poetry, personal and critical essays, as well as plays -- she is an artist ideally suited to answer essential questions about what makes a story striking, a novel come alive, a writer an artist as well as a craftsman.<br /><br /> In The Faith of a Writer, Oates discusses the subjects most important to the narrative craft, touching on topics such as inspiration, memory, self-criticism, and "the unique power of the unconscious." On a more personal note, she speaks of childhood inspirations, offers advice to young writers, and discusses the wildly varying states of mind of a writer at work. Oates also pays homage to those she calls her "significant predecessors" and discusses the importance of reading in the life of a writer. <br /><br /> Oates claims, "Inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make 'art': for prose fiction is also a craft, and craft must be learned, whether by accident or design." In fourteen succinct chapters, The Faith of a Writer provides valuable lessons on how language, ideas, and experience are assembled to create art.

41 A Bloodsmoor Romance

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance  Paranormal  Historical 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2013-10-22
Description :  Finally returned to print, Joyce Carol Oates's lost classic: the satirical, often surreal, and beautifully plotted Gothic romance that follows the exploits of the audacious Zinn sisters, whose nineteenth-century pursuit of adventurous lives turns a lens on contemporary American culture <br /><br />When their sister is plucked from the shores of the Bloodsmoor River by an eerie black-silk hot air balloon that sails in through a clear blue sky, the lives of the already extraordinary Zinn sisters are radically altered. The monstrous tragedy splinters the family, who must not only grapple with the mysterious and shameful loss of their sister and daughter but also seek their way forward in the dawn of a new era—one that includes time machines, the spirit world, and the quest for women's independence.<br /><br />Breathlessly narrated in the Victorian style by an unnamed narrator who is herself shocked and disgusted by the Zinn sisters' sexuality, impulsivity, and rude rejection of the mores of the time, the novel is a delicious filigree of literary conventions, "a novel of manners" in the tradition of Austen, Dickens, and Alcott, which Oates turns on its head. Years ahead of its time, A Bloodsmoor Romance touches on murder and mayhem, ghosts and abductions, substance abuse and gender identity, women's suffrage, the American spiritualist movement, and sexual aberration, as the Zinn sisters come into contact with some of the nineteenth century's greatest characters, from Mark Twain to Oscar Wilde.<br /><br />Pure Oates in its mordant wit, biting assessment of the American landscape, and virtuosic transformation of a literary genre we thought we knew, A Bloodsmoor Romance is a compelling, hilarious, and magical antiromance, a Little Women wickedly recast for the present day.

42 After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Coming of Age  Books  Young Adult  Fiction  Culture, Places & People 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2009-10-13
Description :  In the raw was how the world felt now. My feelings were raw, my thoughts were raw and hurtful like knife blades. . . . In the blue had been my place to hide, now In the raw there was nowhere to hide.<br /><br />Jenna Abbott separates her life into two categories: before the wreck and after the wreck. Before the wreck, she was leading a normal life with her mom in suburban New York. After the wreck, Jenna is alone, trying desperately to forget what happened that day on the bridge. She's determined not to let anyone get close to her -- she never wants to feel so broken and fragile again. <br /><br />Then Jenna meets Crow. He is a powerfully seductive enigma, and Jenna is instantly drawn to him. Crow is able to break down the wall that Jenna has built around her emotions, and she surprises herself by telling him things she hasn't told anyone else. Can Jenna bring herself to face the memories she's tried so hard to erase?

43 A Garden of Earthly Delights

Author : Joyce Carol Oates & Elaine Showalter
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2003-04-22
Description :  Joyce Carol Oates’s Wonderland Quartet comprises four remarkable novels that explore social class in America and the inner lives of young Americans. In <i>A Garden of Earthly Delights</i>, Oates presents one of her most memorable heroines, Clara Walpole, the beautiful daughter of Kentucky-born migrant farmworkers. Desperate to rise above her haphazard existence of violence and poverty, determined not to repeat her mother’s life, Clara struggles for independence by way of her relationships with four very different men: her father, a family man turned itinerant laborer, smoldering with resentment; the mysterious Lowry, who rescues Clara as a teenager and offers her the possibility of love; Revere, a wealthy landowner who provides Clara with stability; and Swan, Clara’s son, who bears the psychological and spiritual burden of his mother’s ambition.<br /><br />A masterly work from a writer with “the uncanny ability to give us a cinemascopic vision of her America” (<i>National Review</i>), <i>A Garden of Earthly Delights </i>is the opening stanza in what would become one of the most powerful and engrossing story arcs in literature.<br /><br /><i>A Garden of Earthly Delights</i> is the first novel in the Wonderland Quartet. The books that complete this acclaimed series, <i>Expensive People</i>,<i> them,</i> and <i>Wonderland</i>, are also available from the Modern Library.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

44 Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine Presents 13 Tales of New American Gothic

Author : Linda Landrigan, Elaine Menge, Steve Lindley, Joyce Carol Oates, Jean Femling, O'Neil De Noux, Rhys Bowen, Martin Limon, John C. Boland, Terry Black, Shelley Costa, Elaine Viets, L. A. Wilson, Jr. & James Lincoln Warren
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2011-10-06
Description :  The power of Gothic fiction to delight and disturb in equal measure energizes this collection of stories drawn from the pages of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. In these stories, restless ghosts seek vengeance, cursed objects bedevil their owners, and unwary innocents are drawn into grotesque and frightening circumstances.<br /><br /> Contributors<br /> Terry Black, John C. Boland, Rhys Bowen, Shelley Costa, O’Neil De Noux, Jean Femling, Martin Limón, Steve Lindley, Elaine Menge, Joyce Carol Oates, Elaine Viets, James Lincoln Warren, and L. A. Wilson, Jr.<br /><br /> All the familiar pleasures of Gothic fiction – creepy strangers, unsettling obsessions, physical confinement, evil legacies, uncanny events, and the looming threat of mysterious, malevolent forces – are rendered here in a distinctively modern American style.

45 Double Delight

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2017-05-02
Description :  <b>An upstanding juror becomes dangerously obsessed with a seductive plaintiff in this “fast-paced, haunting” novel by a #1 <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling author (<i>Boston Sunday Herald</i>)<i>.</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Terence Greene is admired for his perfect life in an affluent New Jersey suburb, and for his marriage to a minister’s beautiful and wealthy daughter. He’s also envied for his successful career as director of an arts foundation. But all of that changes when Terence is summoned to jury duty in Trenton. Ava-Rose Renfrew, the alleged victim in an assault case, is a sexy, irresistibly raw, and low-rent woman who lives on the shadowy banks of the Delaware River with a strange clan she calls family. And she’s very eager to show Terence her appreciation for his loyalty in the jury box.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Before long, their quick and dirty affair becomes an obsession, and getting hooked on a drug as potent and violent as Ava-Rose soon turns Terence’s respectable life to dust. He’s willing to do anything for her: lie, embezzle, steal—and worse. For Terence, losing control is half the fun. But trying to get it back is terrifying.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> The recipient of honors ranging from the National Book Award to the Bram Stoker Award, Joyce Carol Oates has explored obsession and sexual terrors in such acclaimed novels as <i>Zombie</i>,<i> Daddy Love</i>, and <i>Jack of Spades</i>. In <i>Double Delight</i>, writing as Rosamond Smith, she proves herself an abandoned and fearless talent in psychological suspense.<br /><br /> Joyce Carol Oates was born in Lockport, New York. After graduating from high school, she attended Syracuse University and then earned her master of arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison before becoming a full-time writer. In 1963, she published her first book, the short story collection <i>By the North Gate</i>, and in 1964, when she was twenty-six years old, her first novel, <i>With Shuddering Fall</i>. Oates has written over forty works, many of which have won awards, including the National Book Award for <i>them</i> (1969), two O. Henry Awards, four Bram Stoker Awards, a World Fantasy Award, the National Humanities Medal, the Norman Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. <i>Black Water </i>(1992), <i>What I Lived For</i> (1994), <i>Blonde</i> (2000), and <i>Lovely, Dark, Deep</i> (2014) were Pulitzer Prize finalists, and her 1996 novel <i>We Were the Mulvaneys</i> was a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller. Under the pen names Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly, she published eleven psychological suspense novels, including <i>Snake Eyes </i>(1992), <i>Double Delight</i> (1997), and <i>Starr Bright Will Be with You Soon</i> (1999). While writing and publishing books, Oates taught at the University of Windsor in Canada from 1968 to 1978, and then moved to New Jersey, where she currently teaches in Princeton University’s creative writing program as the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities. She also teaches creative writing courses at New York University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

46 Beautiful Days

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2018-02-06
Description :  A new collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, including the 2017 Pushcart Prize–winning “Undocumented Alien”<br /><br />The diverse stories of Beautiful Days, Joyce Carol Oates explore the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance. <br /><br />“Fleuve Bleu” exemplifies the rich sensuousness of Oates’s prose as lovers married to other persons vow to establish, in their intimacy, a ruthlessly honest, truth-telling authenticity missing elsewhere in their complicated lives, with unexpected results.&#xa0; <br /><br />In “Big Burnt,” set on lushly rendered Lake George, in the Adirondacks, a cunningly manipulative university professor exploits a too-trusting woman in a way she could never have anticipated. In a more experimental but no less intimate mode, “Les beaux jours” examines the ambiguities of an intensely erotic, exploitative relationship between a “master” artist and his adoring young female model. And the tragic “Undocumented Alien” depicts a young African student enrolled in an American university who is suddenly stripped of his student visa and forced to undergo a terrifying test of courage.<br /><br />In these stories, as elsewhere in her fiction, Joyce Carol Oates exhibits her fascination with the social, psychological, and moral boundaries that govern our behavior—until the hour when they do not.

47 Give Me Your Heart

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Short Stories 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-01-17
Description :  An Otto Penzler Book<br /><br />The need for love—obsessive, self-destructive, unpredictable—takes us to forbidden places, as in the chilling world of <i>Give Me Your Heart</i>, a new collection of stories by the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates.<br /><br />In the suspenseful “Strip Poker,” a reckless adolescent girl must find a way of turning the tables on a gathering of increasingly threatening young men—Can she “outplay” them? In the award-winning “Smother!” a young woman’s nightmare memory of childhood brings trouble on her professor-mother—Which of them will “win”? In “Split/Brain” a woman who has blundered into a lethal situation confronts the possibility of saving herself—Will she take it? In “The First Husband,” a jealous man discovers that his wife seems to have lied about her first marriage, and exacts a cruel revenge, years after the fact. In these and other powerful tales, children veer beyond their parents’ control, wives and husbands wake up to find that they hardly know each other, haunted pasts intrude upon uncertain futures, and those who bring us the most harm may be the nearest at hand. <br /><br />In ten razor-sharp stories, National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates shows that the most deadly mysteries often begin at home. <br />

48 Soul/Mate

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2017-05-02
Description :  <b>A lonely widow is romanced by a “brilliantly portrayed” pathological killer in this novel by the National Book Award–winning author of <i>them</i> (<i>The New York Times</i>)<i>.</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> Dorothea Deverell is a New England art historian working for a Boston museum, resigned to entering middle age alone—until she’s swept off her feet by the flattery of a charming younger man who calls her his soul mate. Colin Asch is swept away too. He admires Dorothea’s gentle nature, innate goodness, decency, and acceptance of others without judgment. She’s nothing at all like the people Colin has met before—and murdered.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> A self-appointed “Angel of Death,” Colin is determined to keep Dorothea happy—by eliminating anyone who gets in the way of his plan. They’ll be clever kills, untraceable and fast as a knife-slash to the throat. Each one will bring him closer to the woman he loves. And by the time Dorothea discovers what horrors passion has wrought, she’ll be in so deep, so dark, that giving in might be her only chance of survival.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> This novel, called “a hair-raiser” by Elmore Leonard, comes from the #1 <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling author of <i>We Were the Mulvaneys</i>, a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of the O. Henry Award, the National Book Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. In <i>Soul/Mate</i>, “it is clear from the start that we are in Joyce Carol Oates territory, for the book is stamped with her hallmarks—her complex, detailed prose; her fascination with violence; her obsessive concern with rendering not so much action as the way action haunts the hidden consciousness of her characters” (<i>The New York Times</i>)<i>.</i><br /><br /> Joyce Carol Oates was born in Lockport, New York. After graduating from high school, she attended Syracuse University and then earned her master of arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison before becoming a full-time writer. In 1963, she published her first book, the short story collection <i>By the North Gate</i>, and in 1964, when she was twenty-six years old, her first novel, <i>With Shuddering Fall</i>. Oates has written over forty works, many of which have won awards, including the National Book Award for <i>them</i> (1969), two O. Henry Awards, four Bram Stoker Awards, a World Fantasy Award, the National Humanities Medal, the Norman Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. <i>Black Water </i>(1992), <i>What I Lived For</i> (1994), <i>Blonde</i> (2000), and <i>Lovely, Dark, Deep</i> (2014) were Pulitzer Prize finalists, and her 1996 novel <i>We Were the Mulvaneys</i> was a <i>New York Times</i> bestseller. Under the pen names Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly, she published eleven psychological suspense novels, including <i>Snake Eyes </i>(1992), <i>Double Delight</i> (1997), and <i>Starr Bright Will Be with You Soon</i> (1999). While writing and publishing books, Oates taught at the University of Windsor in Canada from 1968 to 1978, and then moved to New Jersey, where she currently teaches in Princeton University’s creative writing program as the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities. She also teaches creative writing courses at New York University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

49 I'll Take You There

Author : Joyce Carol Oates
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2009-03-17
Description :  "Anellia" is a young student who, though gifted with a penetrating intelligence, is drastically inclined to obsession. Funny, mordant, and compulsive, she falls passionately in love with a brilliant yet elusive black philosophy student. But she is tested most severely by a figure out of her past she'd long believed dead.<br /><br />Astonishingly intimate and unsparing, and pitiless in exposing the follies of the time, I'll Take You There is a dramatic revelation of the risks—and curious rewards—of the obsessive personality as well as a testament to the stubborn strength of a certain type of contemporary female intellectual.

50 Three Bedrooms in Manhattan

Author : Georges Simenon, Joyce Carol Oates & Marc Romano
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2003-10-31
Description :  An actor, recently divorced, at loose ends in New York; a woman, no less lonely, perhaps even more desperate than the man: they meet by chance in an all-night diner and are drawn to each other on the spot. Roaming the city streets, hitting its late-night dives, dropping another coin into yet another jukebox, these two lost souls struggle to understand what it is that has brought them, almost in spite of themselves, together. They are driven—from moment to moment, from bedroom to bedroom—to improvise the most unexpected of love stories, a tale of suspense where risk alone offers salvation.<br /><br />Georges Simenon was the most popular and prolific of the twentieth century’s great novelists.&#xa0;<i>Three Bedrooms in Manhattan</i>—closely based on the story of his own meeting with his second wife—is his most passionate and revealing work.



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