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It Chooses You by Miranda July
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Sep 04, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011
Read in September, 2011

Maybe you don't like Miranda July, I can understand that, it's hard to believe her sincerity when everything seems to have the same weight for her, and she can be a bit too cute or neurotic (or worse, "quirky"), but there are parts of this book that are really affecting: mostly those parts when July lets her interviewees speak for themselves. Those parts make the book worthwhile, even if there are only a handful of them and they get quickly lost in the haze of July's preoccupations.

On the level of an interesting experiment, the book succeeds and would have been far more enjoyable if July had left it at that, rather than turning each of her encounters with her subjects into a commentary on her own life and problems. (Mostly problems about getting her movie financed.)
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