No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories
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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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Lovely.
    If you have a broken heart, read this book. If you have a healed heart, read this book. If you miss your friends, read this book. Give it to them. If you watch too much television, read this book. If you're taking a bubble bath, read this book. If you feel like a stranger, read this book. If you're strange, read it again. If you kiss doors, read this book and kiss someone you love instead. Read this book....more info
  • a little too odd for me
    I didn't exactly dislike this book, but I didn't love it either. I think Miranda July is just a little too weird for me. I loved "Me and You and Everyone We Know", I thought it was brilliant. But these stories just did not resonate with me. As I read each one, I just felt like they seemed a little forced...almost too quirky. I wasn't in any way offended by them, I just didn't see the appeal. I think they're trying too hard to be hip and now....more info
  • Witty, quirky short stories
    This might not be your best introduction to Miranda July. I'd suggest watching her movie Me and You and Everyone We Know first. If its brand of shocking yet sweet-hearted humor isn't your cup of tea, don't pick up this book. If, on the other hand, you love the film, think of this book as a must-read sequel.

    Her distinctive voice is as loud and clear as it could be here. I enjoyed every one of these 16 charming and hilarious pieces, laughing on every page and smiling on every paragraph.

    A typical excerpt: "If you are sad, ask yourself why you are sad. Then pick up the phone and call someone and tell him or her the answer to the question. If you don't know, call the operator and tell him or her. Most people don't know that the operator has to listen, it is the law."...more info
  • No one belongs here more than you
    Too quirky for me. After the first two stories, which are a bit weird and somewhat disturbing, I hoped the stories would get better but didn't. The narrator seemed so desperate and hung up on her sexuality. I kept hoping for something to change - it didn't. So, because of some favorable reviews,I moved on to "How To Tell Stories To Children", but nothing was different, more predictability and mundane. I tried to like the book but couldn't and finally had to put it down. ...more info
  • Entertaining and deep
    Miranda July follows her intelligent writings of past, to include an award-winning film, with this unique, touching collection of honest and painful stories of love and life. Highly recommended for the short-story collector....more info
  • July's Writing is as Delightful as her Movie Making
    Like many others, I learned about Miranda July's existence because of her remarkable film, "You and Me and Everyone We Know," one of the best and most unusual movies of the new century. When I saw she had come out with a book of short stories, I was very curious to see how her quirkiness, charm, and insightfulness would translate into the written medium.

    Overall, I would say, "very well". At their best, these stories offer July's whacky and wistful views of life and people in ways you can't help but love. Her characters possess such delightful characteristics and such a sense of longing to understand life and to connect with others, something they usually do not succeed in doing despite the best of intentions.

    For instance, in "Mon Plaisir," the protagonist--a typical July woman, lost and seeking-- is convinced by her stylist to have her hair cut off and to donate it to an organization that will make it into wigs for cancer victims. Later, she goes the organization's Web site to see if there's a photo of someone wearing a wig made of her hair. She writes: "I learned that my hair would be combined with nine other ponytails to make a single wig. And my gray hairs would be taken out and sold to a commercial wiggery to offset costs of postage and website maintenance. So, in a sense, I was a very busy woman. Parts of me were traveling and offsetting and forming alliances with parts of other women. I felt uplifted and inspired." She then climbs into bed with her husband with whom she has a strange, distant, sad relationship.

    Such tragi-comic setups, as well as the "deification of the everyday" (to quote someone's definition of poetry that was in the New York Times Crossword a while back)and a superb use of language, are July's supreme forte and make this book worth reading.

    The only thing that keeps it from getting five stars is that some of the stories are quite slight and seem more like ideas for stories, or beginnings of stories, or middles of stories, rather than complete ones. Still, the three or four strongest tales, as well as the mystic delight and pathos that pervade the whole book, are more than enough to recommend it.
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  • Awesome read
    I was extremely exited to read this book. Miranda July is a talented artist, and her writing was so raw and honest like her performance art. I loved this book. I couldn't even put it down. I wish it were longer, I kept getting attached to all the characters in each of the stories. I reccomend this book to anyone at all who loves a creative/ honest/ observnig voice....more info
  • Quirky read
    For those who like Amanda Davis this book will be a joy to read with quirky stories of a somewhat darker take on people and how they cope with lonliness and /or love. A nice little gem of a collection....more info
  • Wait, who is this author?
    I picked this collection up with possibly the lowest expectation of the quality probably because where I got the info and how I got interested in it: I thought this was another chick lit and it unfolded something the least of it. In a good sense, of course.

    This was an arresting read. The initial paragraph of the very first one "The Shared Patio" was enough to know that it would be so, and actually the whole collection was amazingly good and I do not know what to say for my preconception of chicklit. The author's got a couple of good features as a writer such as keen observation, intelligence and right choice of words. Another indispensable quality of good short stories like 'effective sequence of logic' and/or unpredictable development are also equipped, so what can you really say?...more info
  • not quite as charming as i'd hoped
    I read this because of the feature length film, but where the film was potent and endearing, this was so-so. The quirkiness of the characters and bizarre dialogue is much the same style as Miranda's other work, but after a while it becomes insipid. In a filmic medium Miranda uses timing masterfully to create awkwardness, but this quality isn't to be found in her short stories. Granted, I appreciate and admire her ability to rotate mediums, and this book brings you to a closer understanding of her vision, but her writing doesn't necessarily excite me. Despite this, if you love Miranda's other work, you will probably enjoy reading this. If this is your first time encountering Miranda, I suggest first watching "Me and You and Everyone We Know". ...more info
  • Awesome
    This is a great book. Thanks for getting it sent to my boyfriend so quickly. He commented on how it looked brand new. ...more info
  • I'm sorry, I do not belong here at all
    I am not too proud to admit that I simply don't know what all the hubbub is about. I even TRIED to like this book. I read up on her, I saw her film, I even came on here and read the reviews and took tips that people put out. I read one story a day and focused on the material at hand. I really tried. I'm sorry, but I did not see the beauty in this collection. (I will also suggest to those who want to give this book a try, to take breaks between stories because for me, reading them consecutively gave all the characters the same "voice.") I will say that I am not one who reads alot of short stories either. I may have missed something (in this book) with that fact alone. While the characters and stories are unique, I didn't find them particularly interesting. I also find writing that pushes the comfort zone "sexually" a little blase. The stories gave me a sad, haunting, hollow feeling. I did like How to Tell Stories to Children, though. I should've known better to have tried to like this because Dave Eggers gave this book such an enthusiastic "thumbs up." ...more info
  • I was going to give it a higher rating because I sort of felt sorry for her
    but then I came here and saw that she had all these five star ratings and awards. Every once and awhile she says things that are absolutely mindblowingly funny and I did find the characters easy to relate to, although I see others didn't. The depressingness didn't bother me either. What bothered me was the lack of structure and story telling ability. She is really good at witty observation and convincing representations of unusual characters, but not good at drawing the reader in for the sake of story. The stories just sort of wander on then drift off, It doesn't have that "can't put it down" quality, but I am a plot addict (what's going to happen next?) so if you're not you might like it...more info
  • i can't understand why this book gets such high ratings...
    i thought this book was absolutely terrible. the entire time i read this book all i could think was "is the main narrator mentally retarded". i honestly have no idea how people find this book funny or charming. i found it depressing.
    everyone else seems to think the exact opposite of me, and i can't figure out why. i had such high hopes for this book after reading the reviews and was extremely disappointed with what i read. ...more info
  • lovely non sequiturs
    this books is a composition of short stories of peoples lives and the things they do in them: creating happiness, saddness, connection, and destruction. it was quite wonderful to read and i certainly recommend reading it, either to yourself or to someone else. the title is true in that no one should be reading this book more than you....more info
  • No one belongs in future anthologies of present zeitgeist more than Miranda July
    These are among the most accessable stories with literary merit I have ever read. Actually, that does not say enough--allow me to revise the former statement: These stories are among the most relevant stories in contemporary literature I've ever read. They are also among the most accessible stories I've ever read.

    Miranda July cites her acting history as a guide for capturing the voices of characters who vary in age from approximately 5 to 60. From a woman in her early thirties, both ends of this spectrum are far-reaching. You will laugh, you will cry, you will laugh out-loud publicly if you are in public, you will cry because you're already sad that eventually you will finish the book and it's the only thing she's written so far (except for one ultra-recent story called "Roy Spivey," which appeared in the New Yorker in that perhaps you could locate online or back-order the issue to read).

    July is one of the most intimate writers you will read. This book makes an excellent gift. I have already given it to several people in all walks of life and heard positive reviews from all.

    TEACHERS of creative writing/american literature/composition:

    Many of the stories in this book would be enjoyable and easy to teach with as they engage on many different levels. The first story in the collection, for instance, is unexpectedly interrupted by bizarre italicized advice (as one would see in a magazine). It is never addressed directly, however, at the end of the story the reader realizes their purpose and it becomes a vital and poweful ending (apologies if this is too vague--I am trying not to spoil). The story is hilarious, emotional, and written in a totally unconventional manner that opens it to analysis in a larger, cultural light. Point of View and Voice are handled with the utmost authenticity throughout the collection, but an excellent story for teaching either is the last story, "How to Tell Stories to Children." ...more info
  • Awkward for the sake of being awkward
    This collection had a lot of promise. There certainly are a few gems of stories in this slim volume, but on the whole Miranda July's collection of short stories is as wanting as most of its characters....more info
  • Amazing. Brave. Daring. Odd. Beautiful.
    Miranda July stomps through the delicate lands of human oddities, dysfunction, sexuality and reality with an uncanny and uncomfortable accuracy. I've never read anything like it, anything that so innocently and blatantly exposes humans for what they are and how they think in such an amusing and accepting and light-hearted manner.

    Unfortunately, you can't pick whether you want pink or yellow book jacket. They sent me the yellow, so I had to think of new yellow outfits to wear everyday on the bus. It was a little challenging, since I definitely own more pink things and wasn't in the mood to go shopping for yellow things. Luckily I read fast, so it was only a few days of the Yellow Challenge. I would recommend that you don't buy any new outfits until after you get your copy. When amazon has decided your fate to be either a Pink or a Yellow Reader of Books you can dash out and purchase as many matching items as you like....more info
  • Addictive
    There are some very private, strangely beautiful moments in these short stories. It's an almost perfect little tome although a writer friend of mine made a very interesting observation. He said that he often felt that Miranda's quirkiness superseded substance as was the case in "The Swimming Lesson." In retrospect I agree with him but I still loved this book and bought copies to give to friends. It's worth a read....more info
  • borrow this book
    Full disclosure: I'm a longtime fan of and contributor to Miranda July's collaborative website, Learning To Love You More. Last year's Me and You and Everyone We Know is a film I regularly dream of making. So despite my anticipation of July's premiere short story collection and real fascination and appreciation for her work as a writer, filmmaker and performer; I give this anthology a centrist's recommendation. If you aren't familiar with July's media, suffice to say she's one of the more brilliant working artists of her generation, and this collection wouldn't be the worst place to get acquainted. I'd just probably recommend a smaller dose of her quirky formula.

    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. Both refer to unrestricted social access and how, ultimately, if given such a gift, many of us would opt out and head home anyway.

    It's important to note that several of these stories were previously published, so if you've been following July's work in periodicals like the New Yorker, Bridge or the Paris Review, you may have seen some of this material before. Best method for intake: borrow this book from a more overzealous, Miranda-loving friend and read it in already awkward social spaces like crowded transportation....more info