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No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories Paperback – May 6, 2008
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I enjoyed the first few stories of this book, but was more than ready to move on to something else by the end. Her stories aren't so much stories in the traditional sense, but more like quirky, silly things that come into her mind that's written into a stream of consciousness which then don't really have endings in the traditional sense either. All of this could be fine, but every story is just so precious and kooky there's no ground of normalcy to stand on.
There are times though when she really captures the small things in life. There were some instances where she's describing the small behaviors of couples interactions that really connected with me, as I felt I'd had similar experiences that I'd never seen written out like that. I do love her creativity, as this book is like nothing else that I've read. I just wish there would have been a bit more substance in place of some of her Miranda July-ness.
Also, something that annoyed me was how her dialogue never ends with "so and so said". It's just paragraph after paragraph of characters dialogue, and sometimes I had to go back and figure out which character was saying what. Why does she do that? It's kooky I guess.
All in all, this book is best in small doses. Read a chapter here and there, and you'll probably have some fun. Otherwise, you may overdose on twee.
One of July's greatest strengths is her ability to tease out the strangeness of everyday life and the bizarre interactions we take for granted. While in this compendium she certainly includes the usual intense encounters - the return of a once-removed birthmark or tragedy involving the people with whom she is forced to share an apartment patio - most of the stories in No One Belongs Here More Than You are full of awkward sexual interactions or unrequited fantasies. Not bad or even or out of character, I still found myself yearning for more offbeat anecdotes and metaphors than lustful musings. However, what I do cherish are July's introspective reflections on love: women who cry together in group romance therapy, informal childcare surrogacy, the couple who knew subconsciously they would sacrifice each other in the face of a killer, taking a sewing class to spy on your boss's mysterious wife. My favorite story, "This Person," also drew to mind a 1999 Dismemberment Plan song, "You Are Invited." Random reference, I know, but the two are so comparable, if you like the story "This Person," you'll love the song too.Read more ›
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July's elegant, simple insightful voice relays the innermost workings of the human heart and mind, grounded in everyday events and probe to flights of daydreams. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Rachel Alt
Miranda July is a great author. I am in my 20's but I think this is a great read for any agePublished 7 days ago by Megan Burke
She's an amazing trip not to be missed! Get anything she writes.Published 2 months ago by Meg Tuite
I would have never guessed the content of this book, but also I don't think that I will ever regret having read it.Published 4 months ago by kristen bryant
Great book July has such a unique voice that is refreshing.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quietly brilliant. Unassumingly deep. Thoughtfully hilarious. Seasoned, marinated sentence structure with delectable word choices. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nathaniel Jones
At first, the writing is very all over the place and confusing, but it all comes together at the end. Great read.Published 5 months ago by Hailie Baker
I've been very impressed with July's creativity in her writing. I've enjoyed exploring with her.Published 5 months ago by John in KC
Oh, Miranda July!! You are so awesome!!! I love your writing even more than I love your movies!!Published 6 months ago by jett