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No One Belongs Here More Than You

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  31,053 ratings  ·  3,461 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Scribner (first published May 15th 2007)
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Jeff
Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  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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Nat
Jan 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
This was so not what I was expecting. No One Belongs Here More Than You has got to be one of the worst books I've read in years. I can't even recall the last time I was this appalled by a short story collection.

I started off my reading experience thinking this would follow the usual way of having no real structure to the stories but still including great quotes to ponder. And at first, that's exactly what was being delivered to me with pieces of writing such as: “They seem easy to write, but tha
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Anne
May 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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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Madeline
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Siobhan
Jul 18, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Robin
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lonely hipsters everywhere
If you look in the dictionary under the word "quirky", you will find the definition of that word; also, Miranda July.

A few years ago I read The First Bad Man, which both delighted and totally weirded me out. But I guess I wasn't weirded out so much as to turn me off the idea of reading her short story collection.

It think it's because I loved her short story, Roy Spivey*. It convinced me that she's probably better at the short form. So I had high hopes for this collection. But though this group o
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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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Paul Bryant
Today there was a fire at London Zoo. The BBC newsreader solemnly informed us that one person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation and several more staff members were treated on site. Then she said “An aardvark is presumed dead and five meerkats are currently unaccounted for”. Miranda July would have loved the strange, poignant appearance of an aardvark in the hourly BBC news reports; it was at the same time very funny and intensely sad. Which is what Miranda July is all about in her lovel ...more
tee
Jan 16, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, i-own
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
Hugh
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-lit, read-2019
I read Miranda July's novel The First Bad Man earlier this year because it was chosen as a group read by the 21st Century Literature group.

I actually bought this collection earlier, and in some ways I rather wish I had read it first, in that I found echoes of all the things that made me uncomfortable about that in some of these stories, and although I enjoyed some of them, the collection as a whole was not really to my taste.

I don't want to be too negative, as I feel I am just not the right ki
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Ben
Aug 28, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Bryce Wilson
May 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Avishay Artsy
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
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
Vanessa
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
Creative, inventive, offbeat, addictive. These short stories are little treasure troves of oddness and peculiar observations. If you tend towards the weird this is your book.
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
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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Ashlea
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Hannah Eiseman-Renyard
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  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 h
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Danger
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories was so good! Miranda July manages to capture, over and over again, all the awkward, desperate, uncomfortable beauty of trying to be a human being in a world you don’t understand. With the speed of a singular sentence, she could both inflate and break my heart. This was really great stuff.
Kathleen
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It was not immediately obvious who Ellen was because we did not play any name games at the start of the class. Past a certain age, they give up on the name games, which is regrettable for someone like me who loves anything that involves going around a circle and saying something about yourself. I wish there was a class where we could just keep going around the circle, around and around, until we had finally said everything about ourselves."
Jonathan
Jan 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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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Angela
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Leo Robertson
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
July's characters are total weirdos. Unapologetically so but also guys, like, calm down.
Caroline
Jul 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Barbara
Sep 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Vanessa
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
First read of 2016, and I'm not entirely sure how to review this collection of short stories.

I've never seen any of Miranda July's films (although Me and You and Everyone We Know has been on my to-watch list for years), so I wasn't really sure what to expect from her writing other than it would most likely be quirky. And it was, but it was also surprisingly full of black humour with a very straight-to-the-point narrative voice. I was convinced every time of the tone, even when July was writing f
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Aaron
Sep 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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