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Chris Blocker

Literary snobbery and other thoughts by Chris Blocker

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The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
Hurt People: A Novel
Cote Smith
The Family Under the Bridge
Natalie Savage Carlson
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
Julia Cameron, Natalie Goldberg

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories

No One Belongs Here More Than You - Miranda July

The stories in Miranda July's collection No One Belongs Here More Than You tell of encounters and relationships outside the realm of what we, as readers, are often exposed to. Surprising is a good word for this collection. The characters and the situations we find them in are surprising to your average reader. The language—at times quirky, other times academic, sometimes banal, other times original—is equally surprising. There is a dichotomy throughout. It's July's ability to weave together stories that are seductive as they are tender that makes No One Belongs... so memorable. There are some standout stories in this collection, some that are average, and some that I forgot about before I started the next. Overall I enjoyed this collection; it was a pleasure to read in ways few short story collections are.