It Chooses You and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$16.44
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by pbshop
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Used - Like New Book from multilingual publisher. Shipped from UK in 10 to 14 business days. Please check language within Amazon's description
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

It Chooses You Hardcover – December 1, 2011


See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover, December 1, 2011
$16.38 $16.44

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857862545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857862549
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,490,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Laden with offbeat, emotionally isolated characters...mordantly funny - Vogue on No One Belongs Here More Than You

About the Author

Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist and writer. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and in two Whitney Biennials. July wrote, directed and starred in the film Me and You and Everyone We Knew (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Harper's, and The New Yorker; her collection of stories No One Belongs Here More Than You (Canongate, 2007), won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. July created the participatory website learningtloveyoumore with artist Harrell Fletcher, and a companion book was published in 2007 (Prestel). Raised in Berkeley, California, she currently lives in Los Angeles. Her second feature film, The Future, was released in the summer of 2011. Her website is www.noonebelongsheremorethanyou.com

Customer Reviews

I read the first 100 pages in one sitting.
Susanna Banks Baum
July always surprises, delights-- her work sends me on a creative journey that expands my mind and my heart.
Krista Clark
There is one thing I've learned while reading Miranda July's stories, they are all 'one of a kind'.
Kathleen Sara

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tal Rico on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Before buying this book, I think you have to consider that it is inherently weaker when viewed as a stand-alone work. I think the full weight of the book (and title) is realized when it is taken as a companion piece to the author's recent film "The Future."

That being said, I think this book is definitely worth buying but also, definitely worth reading after seeing the movie. But, in short, this book is an eccentric, and somewhat enviable, exercise in procrastination. Miranda July, in an effort to avoid working on a looming screenplay, pushes herself beyond the normal, typically fruitless and non-constructive StumbleUpon sessions most of us fill our time with. She picks up a copy of the local PennySaver and looks to the classifieds for some sort of cosmic understanding through the mundane or curious items listed and the people who are selling them. A narrative ties all of the interviews together and lends some insight as to what compels the author to continue conducting interviews.
Because it's mostly handled with wit and saddled with the author's neuroses it doesn't come across as pedantic or preachy, she only seems to be looking for some practical enlightenment. Really, though, it's more a story of the journey than anything she may have learned through it. Still, like all of Miranda July's work, it feels poignant and significant and I can never quite say why. I do know that I feel somehow fulfilled whenever I read her books, watch her movies or browse her website.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Sara on December 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There is one thing I've learned while reading Miranda July's stories, they are all 'one of a kind'.

It didn't take me long to finish this beautiful little book, "It Chooses You", but once I did I wanted to read it all over again. These are the poignant stories of people who could live right next door to you, or maybe they're about you, yourself.

Another thing I learned, Miranda faces realities in her creative mind that most of us avoid looking at. She's witty, she's humble, she's honest....and she makes me cry.....and I can't give you the answers to her posed questions about life, other than to say, you have to read Miranda July's stories to find your own answers to this conundrum we call life....she is definitely one of a kind, as is this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
30 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Teragram on January 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I eagerly anticipated this book's arrival to my local library for weeks--because the concept is intriguing. I was disappointed, however, with the execution of this concept. The author seemed far more interested in how each encounter could be used to tell the audience something about herself, rather than telling each individual's story. Many times it seemed like the author enjoyed portraying these characters negatively....for example, the woman holding the small feline, photographed with her belly hanging out...I bet she would have liked the author to have used a photo that did not expose her belly. Or for the author not to devote a page and a half making it clear that she was disgusted by the ambrosia salad she spent hours making. What could have been an opportunity to tell the stories of these individuals who placed ads in the PennySaver turned out to be a collection of unkind vignettes that illuminated very little about the individuals interviewed, and revealed little of substance about the author. These are real people. I hope none of those featured in this book pick up a copy.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Jacobs on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I listened to the author read five essays from this book on the NPR program Selected Shorts. Each one distressed me more than the preceding one. By the last I was thoroughly disgusted, both by the author's point of view and by my willingness to listen to the end. I suppose I hoped that eventually she would give up trying to appear sensitive and get real. In retrospect, I suppose she was being as real as she could be: really afraid to feel.

July pretends to be caring of those of whom she writes. She strives hard to portray a writer with sensitivity and compassion for those less fortunate. The only problem is that beneath the veneer of caring we detect a contempt for her subjects' lives, their poverty, their attempts at art, their perhaps unrealistic hopes. Glib and conceited, she ridicules in one moment and cries in the next. Some may think such confusion is a sign of depth, but she's dishonest, and that's a sign only of being dishonest. For example, she attempts to show sympathy to Joe, who with his wife has cared for and lost a long list of pets, by acknowledging that she too has a cat she loves. However, this turns out to be a lie; in the next paragraph she tells us that her pet is actually fictional, a character in a movie she has written.

She says she wants to know what makes her subjects tick in spite of the "lack of inherent meaning or value" in their lives. Yet she doesn't really care. They are geeks to her. For all her attempts at sincerity, July is essentially a circus barker touting a side show, hoping we share her fascination and repulsion toward those who are slightly odd. Or maybe just poor.

Where she miscalculates, where she falls short - woefully short - is in thinking we are all gawkers.
Read more ›
6 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Amazon Author Rankbeta 

(What's this?)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?