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No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
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Dec 09, 14

bookshelves: stories, 2010
Read in February, 2010

"Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it is worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you...They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face the east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under the sky. It's okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise." - The Shared Patio

When July is on point, she's absolutely on point--stories like "Something that Needs Nothing" and "How to Tell Stories to Children" and "The Boy from Lam Kien." The rest were forgettable, or rather memorable only in July's borderline perversions (or at least obsessions) with sex--there are a lot of moments in this collection that I'd love to forget but doubt I will. More annoyingly, the narrators are the same wide-eyed weirdos who blunder through their quirky lives, an awful lot like July's character in Me You & Everyone We Know. I admire her economy of language, but this collection reads thin, with an irreverent pair of sunglasses and skinny jeans and a thrift store scarf to match.
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