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Monday, March 28, 2011

Review: No one belongs here more than you.

Apparently I have been reading this book for the past 5 months. It has been a good bedside book, there when I need it, but patiently waiting while I read through other books.

I really enjoy everything Miranda July does and that includes "No one belongs here more than you". In this collection of short stories, there were some that made me laugh, some that made me exceptionally sad and one I skipped entirely after reading the first paragraph.

My absolute favorite in the collection was "This Person". The entire piece is available to read on NPR's website and I encourage you to at least read that one story if you haven't yet.

Of course I also like the cover for this book, designed by John Fulbrook III. It is simple and bright, with Helvetica type. Perfect for this collection. I have a hardcover copy with a yellow cover, but the paperback is available in bright shades of pink, green, orange and yellow.

On GoodReads, I gave this book four stars but I almost wish I could rate each story separately. I think the problem I have with short story collections is that one story can completely overshadow the rest, whether negatively or positively and tint the entire book.

Overall, this collection is great. Miranda July is a wonderful story teller. She makes normal situations seems extraordinary and extraordinary situations seem normal. Even though the pieces are short, sometimes only a couple of pages, I attached to characters quickly and when was sometimes sad to end my time with them. I look forward to reading more by July.


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