Hello. No One Belongs Here More Than You. What now?

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Hello. No One Belongs Here More Than You. What now?

Post by jimjames » Wed Jul 29, 2009 14:13

Hi

I've just finished reading No One Belongs Here More Than You. It was amazing. I loved it and one day I'm going to marry Miranda July when she sadly breaks up with her amazing boyfriend who directs films. I don't think this is going to happen though and I'm not sure I'd want it to.

So I'm not sure what to read now. I never know where to go for book recommendations other than asking friends but sometimes they aren't sure or it might take a few days for a book recommended by them to arrive. So in the mean time i'll try and find something else in a book shop.

And this is one of those moments. So I'm reaching out to you oh internet forum (hello, I'm new here by the way) do you have any recommendations based on my previous excellent book?

I hope you're ok! No really I do. I wonder who you are and what you're doing and if you're happy.

Jim x

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Re: Hello. No One Belongs Here More Than You. What now?

Post by Carys » Wed Jul 29, 2009 15:18

I love Miranda July, and you're going to have to fight me for her if she ever becomes single. If you've enjoyed her stories, I'd recommend Judy Budnitz as a fellow short story writer (along with McSweeney's Quarterly Concern anthologies). Miranda July's delightfully offbeat, so another that springs to mind is "Death and the Penguin" by Andrey Kurkov. And anything by Dave Eggers, who is a big fan of Miranda July.

Oh, and welcome to the forum!

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Post by jimjames » Wed Jul 29, 2009 16:24

Wow, thanks for the Judy Budnitz recommendation, she looks great. I'll order it in 1 hour and 7 minutes. When I finish working.

I love Dave Eggers. Almost as much as Miranda. If you get Miranda, i'll have Dave. Deal?

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Post by Carys » Wed Jul 29, 2009 19:25

jimjames wrote:I love Dave Eggers. Almost as much as Miranda. If you get Miranda, i'll have Dave. Deal?
Don't make me choose, dammit!

I started on some of the "Learning To Love You More" projects from the Miranda July book of the same name, which was a lovely idea as well.

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Post by Woodbine » Wed Jul 29, 2009 20:50

I can't help but feel I'm missing something with Eggers - people with otherwise good taste seem to really like him, but I found his first book so posturing and self-indulgent that I couldn't even get half way through it. Maybe there was some moment of clarity in the final chapter which made it all make sense, but I wasn't prepared to wait that long.

Anyway, not that I'm suggesting that just because you've read and enjoyed a Miranda July book you would only want to read quirky observational stories by women, but if you did fancy any more, you might quite like The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, or Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction by Alison MacLeod. The latter probably has more of a magic-realism bent to it than Miranda July has, but I think that all three of them are quite similar thematically, although neither of the two I've recommended have that thing that makes July so endearing - like she's so desperate to make you feel and understand something that she almost describes it too much, or at least in too many different ways, but instead of being annoying or repetitive, it's charming instead.
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Re: Hello. No One Belongs Here More Than You. What now?

Post by jimjames » Thu Jul 30, 2009 13:05

Oh, I kind of liked the 'Learning To Love You More' project. I might get the book.

What projects have you done so far? Or started. It sounds pretty cool.

Thanks for the suggestions Woodbine. Its a shame that Dave Eggers didn't do it for you. I kind of liked the introspective bullying self conscious nature of it. But thats because I'm a glum merchant. The end was fantastic, kind of like a tidal wave of white noise in written form. Sort of.

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Post by Carys » Thu Jul 30, 2009 13:34

jimjames wrote:Oh, I kind of liked the 'Learning To Love You More' project. I might get the book.

What projects have you done so far? Or started. It sounds pretty cool.
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Dave Eggers divides opinion, but he really is a remarkable man - he does so much work for amazing causes, and is a staunch advocate of short stories, which is my preferred genre. I really want to take a sabbatical from work and go to one of the 826 Projects and work there - maybe San Francisco. That'd be lush.

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Post by bonjour_tristesse » Sun Aug 02, 2009 18:54

I really enjoyed (most of) No one Belongs Here more than You as well! I do like looking through other projects on LTLYM website but I've still never attempted any, I think I feel similar to Cherry Darling in that I feel a bit silly copying someone else's ideas, but maybe it is more laziness on my part! I haven't really got any similar recommendations but i just thought I'd add my voice to the discussion! Plus sometimes I like looking up books on Amazon i like and seeing what other customers bought along with that item as it can sometimes lead somewhere good. (Often just leads to the Bell Jar though for some reason!)

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Post by Woodbine » Mon Aug 03, 2009 20:30

Despite my comments above I really liked Eggers's short story in Saturday's Guardian magazine.
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Re: Hello. No One Belongs Here More Than You. What now?

Post by jimjames » Wed Aug 05, 2009 15:59

Nice Big American Baby arrived. Hooray. But The End of Mr Y came before, so most of my evenings are now spent waiting until its just about late enough (but never acceptably late enough) to get in my Pajamas and have a read.

I love that you did some of those projects! Thats awesome. I have too many of my own things to feel bad about ignoring for Miranda's projects sadly.

I don't really read newspapers, I've only just found out Michael Jackson died. Seriously, what was that about? (Ok. Joking. But it did take me a few days). Maybe now they're publishing Dave Egger stories I might invest in one.

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Re: Hello. No One Belongs Here More Than You. What now?

Post by Martijn » Wed Aug 05, 2009 22:59

Woodbine wrote:Despite my comments above I really liked Eggers's short story in Saturday's Guardian magazine.
Hee, I liked that too, thought it was very funny; because the Guardian are nice like that, it can be read here. I once started A Heartbreaking Work... back when I didn't read many books in general and hardly any in English in particular and still want to finish it one day. (The copy I had is lost though and thus I keep putting it off.)

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Re: Hello. No One Belongs Here More Than You. What now?

Post by amypanda » Sat Aug 15, 2009 00:17

read raymond carver. anything by him. anything at all. well, apart from his poetry which I've heard is not so great. His short stories are just perfect.

I also think amelie nothomb is good for a miranda july fan. I can't remember which one, possibly a book of hunger, or maybe the book of proper names, has some really heartbreaking funny lines.

I've not made my mind up about dave eggers. I feel like I should like him, but I'm not sure that I do. Quite. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace is INCREDIBLE. But it's the opposite to a short story :/ Takes weeks and weeks to read. And your life will revolve around it the whole time you're reading and for some time after. But after all that work you get to the point where you've worked so hard that when you laugh outloud and completely out of character at really really horrible gross things you feel you've really earn't it. I wont quote any of the book because out of context it really doesn't work.

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Re: Hello. No One Belongs Here More Than You. What now?

Post by nanski » Sat Aug 22, 2009 15:17

damned it. i wish i had read this thread while i was still in the US. guess i should order some things from amazon when i've finished the things i bought in the US.
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Re: Hello. No One Belongs Here More Than You. What now?

Post by jimjames » Fri Sep 11, 2009 14:22

Infinite Jest sounds like a really good read, thank you for the tip amypanda! I'm going to save my pennys and get it. Yup.

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Re: Hello. No One Belongs Here More Than You. What now?

Post by amypanda » Sun Sep 13, 2009 00:16

yay I really hope that you enjoy it! Save your cash and get it outa the library for freeeeee (spoken like a true library worker-bee)

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