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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  20,907 ratings  ·  2,693 reviews
“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, ...more
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Published May 15th 2007 by Scribner (first published November 1st 2005)
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Alison
Jun 22, 2008 Alison rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ugh, I don't know.
For me, this book was two stories away from being downright terrible. One story, "Mon Plaisir," I thought was excellent. Another I found myself enjoying quite a bit. Others contained passages that made me grimace. Physically. Like, I wanted to turn my head away. Instead, I just dog-eared the pages that contained the shitty passages:

"My knees buckled, I went down to the floor. I cried in English, I cried in French, I cried in all the languages, because tears are the same all around the world. Es
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Jeff
Sep 14, 2007 Jeff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are walking around a bookstore
I bought this book cause I was walking through a bookstore with a friend of mine... a friend I adore more than newborn puppies and tiny rabbits hopping in fields of grass, and she said, "MIRANDA JULY! I love her. She made the movie You, Me, and Everyone We Know."
I hadn't seen the movie, but I remember seeing an ad in the paper and thinking, "I want to see that movie."
And it was because of that, and because I adore this girl more than newborn puppies, and rabbits hopping in fields of grass, and
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Anne
Jun 22, 2007 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: birthmarked women. stylish prosers. magazines who might publish my fiction.
Note: If I could fashion a little half-star and put it in the rating, I would give this book at 3.5.

Miranda July: she's the lightning-rod hipster conversation of the year. I say her name at dinners and people rise from their chairs to damn or bless her. They pace and sweat and expound upon why she is the worst/best thing to happen to fiction in eons. They yell: "She's the next Lorrie Moore!" or "She's like those people who try to imitate Lorrie Moore and miss what's really good about her!" Somet
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Oriana
This book was perplexingly good. The best adjective I can come up with for these stories is sharp. Not sharp like "clever" or whatever, but sharp like sharp, like a knife or thorns or something that actually cuts you. The stories all hurt, really, which is why I say perplexingly good. I mean, it's hard to say you like something that leaves you feeling like you just got a hole punched in you. Everyone is just so lonely, so unloved, so despairing.

Anyway though, I did like it. A lot. "Something Tha
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Siobhan
Jul 18, 2007 Siobhan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sorry, nobody...
I hate to say this, but I really did not enjoy the experience of reading past the first two stories or so. After a while I just couldn't figure out the appeal of a book that is packed cover to cover with disingenuous, childlike, wide-eyed, self-destructive women who are really just ciphers that things happen to... Okay, I take that back, of course that’s appealing to people, have I never watched porn or "Charmed"? But all the narrators would say things like, “After my boyfriend was incredibly me ...more
Madeline
This is the first and last time I will ever write these words: Man, I really want to read a Nicholas Sparks novel right now.

It doesn't have to be one of his, specifically, but he is the go-to guy for cliched and typical romances between Normal Attractive White People. And that's what this book makes me want to read. Something where all the characters are well-adjusted adults without any weird fetishes or deep-seated psychological issues, and a nice couple gets together and, after some formulaic
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Ben
Miranda July's radio pieces are excellent. She tells her off-beat and romantic or oddly sinister stories, dramatizes quirks as real characters and situations, and enchants you with her squeaky little voice. Nothing makes sense, but nothing *has* to make sense. You just have to listen and be carried away.

I thought her movie was pretty good too, although right on the edge of being twee and pretentious. You see, when you take a picture of something you give it weight. You're saying: this moment is
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tee
I was torn between wanting to punch her writing in the throat, and loving it to shreds. I've changed my rating a million times and probably forever will. It's hard to rate a book of short stories like this one, some of them were a straight out 1, others were a 5. Sometimes I feel July is pretentious, other times I get excited that I'm not the only person in the world that is so god damned weird. Her thought processes go in places that mine do. I was the kind of kid who failed school -not because ...more
Avishay Artsy
Missed Connection
Author exorcises demons as characters search for love
by Avishay Artsy

Everybody gets lonely sometimes, and Miranda July crams as many forms of loneliness she can think of in her first collection of stories.

The inhabitants of July’s imagination reach out to strangers in hopes of genuine connection. Unable to find it, they often use sex to simulate closeness. A teacher seduces a 14-year-old boy in her special-needs class, and no one notices because “nobody really cares about anyon
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Steven
One of the worst collections I've ever finished. I bought this one in hardcover when it first came out and was excited to read it because it had great buzz and won the Frank O'Connor prize. Sadly, I struggled through every story. Perhaps I will enjoy this more on some future reread; and I'm even willing to concede that I might be tone-deaf to this author at this time, but I suspect she was given a free pass on her fiction because of her success as a filmmaker. The cover blurbs trumpet her origin ...more
Jessica
I came fully prepared to get way into this book, but so far I don't like the stories I've tried. I really loved her movie, and I remember liking her performance stuff back in Portland, during those so long-ago, simpler times. I'll try a few more of these, but so far I'm surprised by how draggy the ones I've tried seem to me -- not like fun drag-queen draggy, just a drag kind of draggy.... I was worried they'd be too whimsical, but actually the feeling I get while reading is sort of of the opposi ...more
Ben Loory
Mar 16, 2008 Ben Loory rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: shitheads
Recommended to Ben by: not sarah!
sarah was throwing away this book so i took it. she said that it was horrible and that she could only manage to read one story, but i didn't believe her because i'd really liked the website miranda july had made for it, with the refrigerator and the stovetop. but sarah was right; this book is a piece of shit.

I'm so sad! AND WITTY! I'm so sad! AND WITTY! I'm sad sad sad sad sad! LOVE ME BECAUSE I'M SO WITTY!!!!! ABOUT HOW SAD I AM!!!! I'M THE BEST AND WORST PERSON IN THIS WHOLE SAD AND WITTY WORL
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Ashlea
A quirky, lovely quick read- definitely recommended.*

July is great at mimicing on paper the ramblings inside a person's head, so much of which is absurd or silly, but which occasionally stumbles onto something profound and true. To make it more impressive, she manages to do this and keep the stories concise at the same time; while admittedly most of the characters come to assume similar voices, she nonetheless creates complex, unique narratives in often fewer than ten pages. (As a result, you c
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Jesse
okay i rarely give up on books and when i do i rarely give them ratings. this is because i hate when people have only read like the first 100 pgs of like "gravity's rainbow" or "infinite jest" and because they have taken all of the 2 hours it takes to read that they think it qualifies them to then pass judgement on the whole book which took me a good forty hours to read, and that i loved. but lets face it, miranda july is no pynchon or dfw. that said i'm not here to bash the book of stories, i o ...more
Aaron
Did you ever see the movie Me, You, and Everyone We Know?

I did. I loved it. It was, in fact, one of my picks for the Top Five Movies of 2005.

This book, a stunning collection of melancholy stories, is written by the woman who wrote, directed, and starred in that film. If you liked that movie, you'll love this book. If you like this book, you'll want to see the movie. If you've done neither, you should do both. She's an incredible writer and this collection is one of the single best collections
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Fewlas
Sebbene questo libro non sia ambientato a Dublino e non sia stato scritto da James Joyce, bensì da Miranda July, ciò che accade ai personaggi di questi racconti è questo: paralisi --> epifania.

Con paralisi intendo proprio un blocco, un’incapacità di muoversi e di andare oltre, più o meno improvvisa. E accade a entrambe le tipologie di personaggi di queste storie: a quelli troppo sensibili, che hanno troppi fori di entrata attraverso i quali il mondo entra in loro troppo violentemente; ma anch
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Evan
I have no idea if Miranda July -- in achieving something that looks spontaneous -- wrote these pieces like Mozart, in one stroke of the pen perfectly formed, or if she laboriously wrote and rewrote like Beethoven until each sentence followed the next perfectly to achieve a hard-won sense of spontaneity. Whatever the case, the results do feel spontaneous -- something that in and of itself is only as good as the content, of course. At first, I was not warming to July's style, which struck me as th ...more
Jonathan
“Not everyone has to be literate, there are some great reasons for resisting language, and one of them is love.”

So goes the lilting logic in Miranda July's self-fashioned world of wonder and regret and pain and hilarity. One wishes continually when flipping through this book that he could be part of her microcosm. Playing observer to the tragicomic plights of her characters is damn good fun, though.

The wrenching-yet-light "The Shared Patio" leads off, sufficiently whelming from the start. July r
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Jen  Ferreira
The things I read are usually in response to a specific craving. "Italian Food memoir" or "John Steinbeck novella" will appear in my head, and then I look around to see what will indulge it. A few months ago a craving for "Quirky short stories" led me to Aimee Bender's extremely disappointing "The Girl in the Flammable Skirt". I gave up half-way and set out to find an alternative. "No One Belongs Here More than You" ended up being it.

I remember watching July's very unique independent film "Me Y
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Angela
When I first heard about Miranda July from hipsters (and hipster-haters) I wanted nothing to do with her, assuming she overwrites like Diablo Cody. I couldn't have been more wrong. I watched You, Me and Everyone We Know - LOVED IT. Watched The Future - really LIKED it (it's a tougher one to watch and not give into sadness, but still quite brilliant). Loved a little story she just wrote for The New Yorker too. Finally, I got my hands on this book.

There's a lot of praise on the back of the paperb
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Barbara
Oct 12, 2007 Barbara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: self-important hipsters
Shelves: fiction, library
After hearing so many good things about this book, I was disappointed to find that it was actually pretty awful. The characters- mostly women- are just so unbelievable. Unbelievable in the sense that they don't seem like real people that the rest of us know. Maybe it's just my background that I couldn't identify with these characters and thus get into the stories. I prefer a combination of good character development and plot usually. This had relatively no character development- they were weird, ...more
Afshi
I didn't love it the way I thought I would. A lot of the stories are similar, and are almost all in first person. Which is fine, but after a while, with short stories, it begins to feel like there is only one character and it can get boring. It's difficult to establish who many of the story tellers are, and July introduces bits of information about them almost as an afterthought; as if she knows they all sound like the same person and she needs to fix it. When she suddenly has a character descri ...more
Caroline
On the first really hot day of summer '07 in New York, I lied down to read Miranda July's "No One Belongs Here More Than You." The collection of short stories reads very quickly; after two hours alone in my room I had read through more than half.

Miranda July's storys are punctuated with the lost and the lonely and the slightly perverse. A father who teaches his taughter how to pleasure women with his special finger tricks, a girl who teaches the ederly in a desert community how to swim by using
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Emma Bolden
I did not want to read this book. No, I take that back: I flatly refused to read this book, no matter how many people told me it was fantastic and mind-blowing and awesome and awestastic. And then I ran into a copy very much on sale at a local bookstore. Here's what was happening in my mind at the time: Oh HI. I'm Miranda July. I'm so pretty and awesome and privileged and famous and everyone loooooves me sooooooooo much and I get to go to fabulous parties and hang out with the brunette girl fro ...more
Hannah Eiseman-Renyard
Jul 02, 2011 Hannah Eiseman-Renyard rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Depressive teenage oddballs, those in unrequited love
Recommended to Hannah by: my housemate
Icky ew.

My housemate recommended this with 'this is so sweet, it will restore your faith in humanity'. I am now reconsidering how much I like my housemate, and will never rely on her for a character reference.

I've read about half of the short stories in this book, and I don't want to read any more. Every short story is a first-person narrative from someone who is desperate, odd, lonely, delusional, and slightly creepy. From the person so in love with her neighbour that she leans her head on hi
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Aimee
Q. Who dislikes this collection of stories by Miranda July?


A. The appropriate answer would be me and you and everyone we know.

Is it bad to start my first goodreads review with a joke?

Although attempting to be engaging and quirky, July comes across as trying too hard. The swimming lessons on land were a great premise. It's just that her overall execution is flawed.

At this juncture, I say avoid her books and place her movies in your Netflix queue.

P.S. I would give this work negative starts if
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Zanna
Expelling the Dust

'The Man on the Stairs' (book club read)

The Man on the Stairs is an extended snapshot in a woman's life, in which a familiar (July gives it a tired, worn out feeling, like the T-shirt the woman is wearing, doubtless ugly and shapeless, unloved, a stultifying comfort-zone) sequence of introspection culminates in an encounter that takes on a mythical (as a focus for culturally cultivated fears and a seed of exasperated, unheroic (profoundly female) courage) and symbolic (of the e
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Jason Pettus
(My full review of this book is longer than GoodReads' word-count limitations. Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com].)

I don't think it's any secret by now that I'm not a big fan of short stories, and even less so of bound story collections released as full-length books. I mean, I don't dislike short stories per se, just that I don't particularly go out of my way to read them either, and in general find most to be there and then gone again be
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Cheryl
Awkward and charming characters.The storytelling was sexually explicit in some places, subtle in others. This was a collection I couldn't quite put a finger on, there was something beautiful and foreign about it. Some of the stories were too short, others long and telling. What I liked was how serious issues were tackled in not so serious ways.
Bryce Wilson
I swear to Christ if I read one more slim selfsatisfied volume of "witty" short fiction where everybody talks like a fucking Grad Student I'm going to hit myself in the brain with a ballpeen hammer until I'm illiterate.
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Miranda July (born February 15, 1974) is a performance artist, musician, writer, actress and film director. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, after having lived for many years in Portland, Oregon. Born Miranda Jennifer Grossinger, she works under the surname of "July," which can be traced to a character from a "girlzine" Miranda created with a high school friend called "Snarla."

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