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Lochary, January 10, 2013 (view all comments by Lochary)
Very odd and metaphysical like anything Miranda July puts out, but specially and intimately great. She seems to capture perfectly random and brillant thoughts and daydreams from different archetypes that otherwise would go unnoticed. If you ever seen her perfomances or heard her audio works, this is that and more.
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RAF Hedgehog, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by RAF Hedgehog)
Miranda July is our best living author after David Foster Wallace's untimely suicide, and though she's written other books, this collection of short stories remains my favorite. She has an incredible gift for language, with lines like “I laughed and said, Life is easy. What I meant was, Life is easy with you here, and when you leave, it will be hard again.” She's a writer of subtlety and power, and well worth your time.
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fischhi, January 14, 2010 (view all comments by fischhi)
In No One Belongs Here More Than You, Miranda July gives language to those moments of joy, quiet grief, and awe hidden in the ordinary.
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Elizabeth L, January 8, 2010 (view all comments by Elizabeth L)
I love how unique and playful Miranda July is, both with the prose style and the contents of her stories. She makes slight and hard to believe situations seem incredibly important and real. In the process, she draws attention to just how the mundane, day-to-day elements of our lives are actually the most affecting and meaningful. If I had a criticism of this collection, it would be its order. I've never been more enraptured by the first 100 pages (8 or so stories), and then had the last 100 seem lackluster by comparison (though I suspect I would have liked them more had they not followed what came first). I wish the order had been mixed up; it would have assuaged the small sense of disappointment I felt at the conclusion. But either way, July is a beautiful writer who will hopefully continue to concoct stories that are as exciting and fresh as the one here.
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msspeer, June 10, 2008 (view all comments by msspeer)
Synopsis is excellent. However, before I pre-read (and Rec. to E. Jean Carroll to post read) I really need to know grade level.
My brain has around 24 gears (low gear, high gear, low high) Do I need to get my reader glasses ready, or is it largess print. etc, etc, etc,
Sabrina Lynn
ps- E. Jean and I have absolutely no written contract (or verbal contract or anything). She may or may not know of me.
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July, Miranda
Scribner Book Company
Beach, Lou
Short Stories (single author)
Stories (single author)
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
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May 6, 2008
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8 x 5.25 in

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Is there a creative project Miranda July can't conquer? If you've jealously posed this question before reading her fiction, stay away from the new collection. No One Belongs Here More Than You will only embitter you further. It's not enough for July to write, direct, and star in a prize-winning film at Cannes and Sundance. Her recordings for Kill Rock Stars, stage performances, web projects... Maybe she's a terrible abstract painter, but I doubt it. Imagine sixteen tight, breathtaking doses of Me and You and Everyone We Know, the same deep compassion, anxious humor, and aching vulnerability. Cross Aimee Bender and Amy Hempel, and then cross you fingers July makes time for more fiction soon.

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July's short stories perfectly embody the wonder that is Portland, that is the Pacific Northwest. At once humorous as well as speculative, in this all-too-short collection, July is a rollercoaster of emotions. Reading it is like listening to the saddest Morrissey song on repeat while watching old Chris Farley clips. In one word, perfection.

"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "These stories are incredibly charming, beautifully written, frequently laugh-out-loud funny, and even, a dozen or so times, profound. Miranda July is a very real writer, and has one of the most original voices to appear in fiction in many years. Fans of Lorrie Moore should rub this book all over themselves — she's got that perfect balance of humor and pathos. There has been no more enjoyable and promising a debut collection in many a moon."
"Review" by , "Miranda July's is a beautiful, odd, original voice — seductive, sometimes erotic, and a little creepy, too."
"Review" by , "A woman gives swimming lessons in her kitchen — of course! Miranda July can make anything seem normal in these truly original stories. She has first-rate comic timing and a generous view of the human condition. Maybe best of all, there's joy here, too, often where you would not expect to find it."
"Review" by , "An accomplished debut collection of 16 stories, simultaneously bizarre and achingly familiar....A smart, original collection."
"Review" by , "July's collection of stories is a gem of unconventional storytelling. Comparisons to Lorrie Moore only get the potential reader halfway there; one must add Karen Finley's meditations and Douglas Coupland's painful self-exploration."
"Review" by , "Some of these couplings are startling, but others are cliches that drag down an otherwise witty and unusual book. The best moments here are small...and as they accrue the collection becomes an exhilarating read."
"Review" by , "[T]he book is full of wistful, wonderful observations about the limits of connection, about the hopes and disappointments of intimacy....July has created a voice that is alive and winning and very funny as she struggles to answer their questions and, ultimately, ours."
"Review" by , "The problem with Ms. July's writing, of course, is that even her metaphors seem to indicate something about youth culture....Her voice is positioned as generational, and in fiction that can be distracting."
"Review" by , "July is a strange and compelling new voice; her worlds feel real and surreal and desperately sad and filled with what one character calls 'secret joy,' at the same time. And while there is often a frustrating air of utter self-absorption about many of these disconnected souls, their hearts are powerfully human."
"Review" by , "July's is a distinctive aesthetic that, misread, can seem flip, pointless and cold....These stories are marked by an imagination that conjures the incredible, renders it mundane (often through sex) and captures an emptiness of modern spirit."
"Review" by , "If the territory in No One Belongs Here More Than You seems familiar, her treatment of it is different, less coolly twee."
"Review" by , "This volume isn't a comfortable place to be....A handful of these stories are sweet and revealing, although in many cases the attempt to create 'art' is too self-conscious, and the effort comes off as pointlessly strange."
"Synopsis" by , Screenwriter, director, and star of the acclaimed film Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a startling, sexy, and tender collection.
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