What are the best Joyce Carol Oates books?

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    #1We Were the Mulvaneys (Oprah's Book Club)

    We Were the Mulvaneys (Oprah's Book Club)
    We Were the Mulvaneys is a book by Joyce Carol Oates that tells the story of the Mulvaney family. Their struggle that started when the daughter was raped and it leads to bankruptcy then to the family members parting ways.  

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    Humberto Pacheco
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I bought this for my mom because of Oprah recommending it or whatever. She said she liked it a lot."
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    #2Unholy Loves

    Unholy Loves

    Unholy loves is a book by Joyce Carol Oates that tells the story of different kinds of people in a group of friends that mirrors the three personas of Joyce Carol Oates. 


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    Brittany Sims
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "I enjoy reading deep books by female authors, and Joyce Carol Oates has been a favorite for many years. She's published dozens of books, and going through her library takes awhile! I found this book in paperback and enjoyed the read thoroughly. It's similar to many of her other novels, so I enjoyed it just the same. "
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    #3The Tattooed Girl

    The Tattooed Girl

    The Tattooed Girl is a book by Joyce Carol Oates that tells the story of an author who met a girl with tattooed skin. He asked her to be his assistant and soon they fell in love.   


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    Roger Ellis
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I always like to read Joyce Carol Oates books for the characters. I never can predict their outcomes. I have always liked the gothic nature of her books."
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    #4Expensive People

    Expensive People

    Expensive People is a book by Joyce Carol Oates that tells the story of America's affluent suburbs and its stories. It revolves around the confession of Richard Everett and his stories about his childhood. 


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    Rebecca Ortega
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "Expensive People is a great book. I'm not the biggest Joyce Carol Oates fans, but this one is the best I've read, so I'd say it's easily among Oates' best."
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    The video clip for the song that helped to The Cranberries to reach major success as a band is a reflection of the feelings and realities that the lyrics exposed. A song against wars, terrorism and nonsense violence in a period of time that needed a song like this from an Irish band.


    Vibhore Khan
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "It is a youtube video. I like this song so of course I listened to it."
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    #6Black Girl / White Girl

    Black Girl / White Girl

    Black Girl / White Girl is a book by Joyce Carol Oates that tells the story of a black girl and a white girl who happens to be room mates. They study at the same university and when the black girl got assaulted, the white-girl will help her. 


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    Evelyn Wong
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Black Girl / White Girl is the best Joyce Carol Oates books that I've read from her collection. It's a really heart warming story that shows that a little openness to diversity and strong values go hand in hand."
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    #7The Gravedigger's Daughter

    The Gravedigger's Daughter

    The Gravedigger's Daughter is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Joyce Carol Oates which centers on Rebecca whose family moved to America just before the World War II started.


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    John Davis
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This was well written but has no real ending. The book was too sad and long to leave so many unanswered questions. If this is a good sampling of Oates' work, I will not read anything else that she has written."
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    First published in 1980, Bellefleur is a gothic novel by multi-award-winning author, Joyce Carol Oates. It follows the Bellefleur family through several generations, telling tales of their eccentricities and supernatural abilities.

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    Raymundo Gálvez
    Written on April 5, 2018
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Best What are the best Joyce Carol Oates books
1We Were the Mulvaneys (Oprah's Book Club)Books 40 Paid
2Unholy LovesBooks 37 Paid
3The Tattooed GirlBooks 35 Paid
4Expensive PeopleBooks 32 Paid
5ZombieVideos 25 Paid
6Black Girl / White GirlBooks 20 Paid
7The Gravedigger's DaughterBooks 10 Paid
8BellefleurBooks 6 Paid

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