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“These delightful stories do that essential-but-rare story thing: they surprise. They skip past the quotidian, the merely real, to the essential, and do so with a spirit of tenderness and wonder that is wholly unique. They are (let me coin a phrase) July-esque, which is to say: infused with wonder at the things of the world.” —George Saunders, author of Tenth of December

Award-winning filmmaker and performing artist Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection. In these stories, July gives the most seemingly insignificant moments a sly potency. A benign encounter, a misunderstanding, a shy revelation can reconfigure the world. Her characters engage awkwardly—they are sometimes too remote, sometimes too intimate. With great compassion and generosity, July reveals their idiosyncrasies and the odd logic and longing that govern their lives. No One Belongs Here More Than You is a stunning debut, the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.

Topics: Debut, American Author, Art & Artists, Love, Sexuality, Lesbian Characters, Lyrical, Intimacy , Depression, United States of America, and Haunting

Published: Scribner on May 15, 2007
ISBN: 9781416539674
List price: $9.99
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I had high hopes for this book after reading reviews, but I hated it.read more
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The stories in Miranda July's collection No One Belongs Here More Than You tell of encounters and relationships outside the realm of what we, as readers, are often exposed to. Surprising is a good word for this collection. The characters and the situations we find them in are surprising to your average reader. The language—at times quirky, other times academic, sometimes banal, other times original—is equally surprising. There is a dichotomy throughout. It's July's ability to weave together stories that are seductive as they are tender that makes No One Belongs... so memorable. There are some standout stories in this collection, some that are average, and some that I forgot about before I started the next. Overall I enjoyed this collection; it was a pleasure to read in ways few short story collections are.read more
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Miranda July reminds me of the rapper who does the best guest spots on other people's albums, but a whole album just gets a bit repetitive. I began the collection thoroughly laughing. But the more I read, the more I felt I was laughing at, rather than with the characters which led to my feeling uncomfortable about the whole situation. Maybe that's the point. Either way - -she's got talent, it just gets a bit overbearing.read more
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I had high hopes for this book after reading reviews, but I hated it.
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The stories in Miranda July's collection No One Belongs Here More Than You tell of encounters and relationships outside the realm of what we, as readers, are often exposed to. Surprising is a good word for this collection. The characters and the situations we find them in are surprising to your average reader. The language—at times quirky, other times academic, sometimes banal, other times original—is equally surprising. There is a dichotomy throughout. It's July's ability to weave together stories that are seductive as they are tender that makes No One Belongs... so memorable. There are some standout stories in this collection, some that are average, and some that I forgot about before I started the next. Overall I enjoyed this collection; it was a pleasure to read in ways few short story collections are.
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Miranda July reminds me of the rapper who does the best guest spots on other people's albums, but a whole album just gets a bit repetitive. I began the collection thoroughly laughing. But the more I read, the more I felt I was laughing at, rather than with the characters which led to my feeling uncomfortable about the whole situation. Maybe that's the point. Either way - -she's got talent, it just gets a bit overbearing.
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Most of the stories in this collection feel a lot like her film project, Me and You and Everyone We Know. She is a literary “cute brute” who sometimes manages to create clever scenes that inject a slightly humorous innocence into otherwise dire circumstances. However, at other times it feels immature and gratuitous. Sometimes her unrelenting authorial smile should crumble.
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I would never mistake the writing in this book to be anyone's except Miranda July.

I saw Me and You and Everyone We Know, so this book seemed to follow in the same style, only more depth and breadth. The writing style is like opening up my head and pouring the words onto my brain. By that, I mean there's no deciding what she means when she writes something. She's speaking directly to me.

I felt uncomfortable during some of the stories. After I finished it, I think it's a good amound of discomfort, but in the middle of it, I wasn't sure. I was also traveling via plane, so I was uncomfortable anyway.

I hope she writes more. I will read it all.
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way creepier than I would have imagined it to be!
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