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The First Bad Man
The First Bad Man: A Novel | Miranda July
The instant New York Times bestseller is astonishingIn one novel, Miranda July tells us more about our universal need to be loved, and our ability to love and be loved, than most earthbound authors will in a lifetime (Vanity Fair).In The First Bad Man, Miranda July tells the story of Cheryl, a vulnerable, uptight woman in her early forties who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat, unable to cry. Cheryl is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six; she also believes she has a profound connection with Phillip, a philandering board member at Open Palm, the womens self-defense studio where she has worked for twenty years. When Cheryls bosses ask if their twenty-one-year-old daughter Clee can move into her house for a little while, Cheryls eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Cleethe selfish, cruel blond bombshellwho teaches Cheryl what it means to love and be loved and, inadvertently, provides the solace of a lifetime. Brilliant, hilarious, irreverent, piercingThe First Bad Man powers past sexual boundaries and gender identification into the surprising galaxy of primal connection (O, The Oprah Magazine). This is a spectacularly original, unsettling, accomplished, and moving first novel with a tender and beguiling happy ending.
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jhod
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I had a great first week for #bfc mainly as I had several days out the office, some long train trips and I'm in the Lakes for the weekend - here with my dad on today's walk. We will see whether I manage to do as well with a more normal week next week!

8000 steps a day DONE
70000 steps a week DONE
2 books read DONE (finished Fates and Furies, The First Bad Man, The Unquiet Dead)

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great week 1! 🙌🏻 And love your photo! 💜 5mo
Libby1 Great to see you, @jhod ! 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Great job👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 5mo
sudi Great job 👏👏👏 5mo
Cathythoughts Well done ! And great pic ♥️ 5mo
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jhod
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A work day in Bristol meant lots of walking and lots of train reading time - WIN!! Enjoyed this odd little book!

#bfc

merelybookish It is SO odd but I really loved this book! 5mo
jhod @merelybookish ha! I will scour your tbr for more recommendations! 😉 5mo
LauraJ That's a lot of steps! 5mo
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Sg1224
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Mehso-so

This wasn‘t my favorite by MJ, but there was interesting character development and the ending was a bit unexpected for me. Not short of cringe worthy moments. 😯

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Courtneyjo_reads
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Panpan

Won this book from a giveaway that I entered and unfortunately, I didn‘t enjoy it at all 😭
⭐️⭐️ 2/5 for me

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Courtneyjo_reads
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11.17.18 Happy Saturday, everyone! I‘m so happy that there‘s snow on the ground and that I can spend the weekend keeping cozy and relaxing at home. Starting The First Bad Man by Miranda July today, in between working on homework and cleaning. What is everyone up to this weekend?
#bookshark #booksharks #booksparks #saturdayreads #weekendreads #thefirstbadman

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Courtneyjo_reads
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Starting this book tonight. Won this from a giveaway and it‘s been on my tbr ever since!
#bookshark #booksharks #booksparks

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rachelk
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Cheryl is an awkward, middle-aged woman filling her life with fantasies (some are very dirty). But fantasy gives way to reality in the form of an unexpected, unconventional love and the desire to take care of another human being. Humorous, tender and peculiar, it‘s like a coming of age story for a very late bloomer.

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rachelk
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I‘ve been in a terrible reading slump lately, setting aside book after book — until this. Wow, I‘m hooked! So weirdly relatable, I can‘t wait to see where this is going.

readordierachel Loved this one! So wonderfully weird. 1y
rachelk @readordierachel I just finished it — I thought so too! 1y
readordierachel Cool! Glad you liked it! 1y
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rachelk
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Is it a coincidence that the books I wanted were all black and white? Hmmm... #judgingabookbyitscover

rileycoyote How is Miranda July‘s book? I haven‘t read her stuff. 1y
rachelk @rileycoyote I haven‘t read it (or anything else by her) yet — I‘ll have to post a review when I finish it. :) 1y
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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

Has anyone else read this? It was so super weird but I kinda loved it. I definitely need to reread this one, but the main character was just so messed up and compelling. I just wanted to know how it was going to end and what else would happen. So strange, but honestly so good.

Stephuhhnieee I‘d started reading it a year or so ago but couldn‘t get into it ☹️ It was definitely an odd one lol. I‘ll probably give it another chance in the future! 1y
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manifestsanity
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Pickpick

I absolutely loved this absurd book. It is a surrealist meditation on motherhood, the human body, aging, and loneliness. It was hysterical and so well crafted. When I wasn't in awe of the eeriness of the dreamlike prose, I was laughing. I went in expecting weird and I sure as hell got it. The most thought provoking book I've come across in a long time. Amazing.

laurenbescoby This has reminded me of a brilliant film called 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' that Miranda stared in. Definitely adding this to stack! 2y
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LitLogophile
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Ok wow I mean ... like many of us ... I‘ve read a lot of books in my life. This was the weirdest one. Definitely. I don‘t think that I loved it as a novel but as a piece of performance art about love and loneliness, absolutely. If you‘re going to do this book, I‘d say you almost have to do the Miranda July-performed audio version. I loved every sentence but what even happened here. Just, wow.

Soubhiville It‘s totally weird isn‘t it? I read it right when it came out. I actually didn‘t like it, but it‘s one of a kind for sure! 2y
LitLogophile Haha I think I only chose it as a pick bc I finished it and I mean being the weirdest book I‘ve ever read is some sort of accomplishment, right? 😂 @Soubhiville 2y
AmyG Odd book but I totally enjoyed it. 2y
readordierachel I read it in print and really enjoyed it. The idea of Miranda July reading it herself has me all aflutter! She's a delight. 2y
Lindy 💜Miranda July💜 2y
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LitLogophile

Sometimes I looked at her sleeping face, the living flesh of it, and was overwhelmed by how precarious it was to love a living thing. She could die simply from lack of water. It hardly seemed safer than falling in love with a plant.

RaimeyGallant Nice. 2y
merelybookish I loved this book! It's weird but amazing! 2y
LitLogophile I‘m back and forth between loving it and wondering what in the world I‘m listening to, but I love each individual sentence. Miranda July and I apparently have a complicated relationship 😂 @merelybookish 2y
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lilycobalt
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1. The First Bad Man, I guess. I'm not that impressed with anything I've read so far this month.
2. Most of the time
3. 78 degrees
4. Pirates
5. Off to meet people!
#friyayintro

Jerdencon Hi! We had a similar temp in my town today! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Saying hello!! Meeting new people for the #friYayintro! Happy reading 📚 2y
lilycobalt @Jerdencon Hi! It's nice to get a bit of cooler weather! 2y
lilycobalt @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy reading to you too! I like the photo challenges you posted! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @lilycobalt those girls do great challenges!!! Stay tuned there will be more!! 😊 2y
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lilycobalt

I'm about halfway through this book and I have no idea whether I'm hate-reading it or genuinely enjoying it.

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MEGR
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Mehso-so

Despite the well developed characters and universal themes of search for love, belonging and acceptance, the main thing I'm left thinking after finishing this book is how strange loneliness can leave you. So much of the plot happens inside the main character's head. Watching the characters unfold and discover themselves was fascinating. I'm still wondering if the shock value of this book added or distracted from the overall story.

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read.run.travel
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Mehso-so

I went into this book not knowing what it was about at all. I liked it, but it was also very strange. I didn't really connect with it that much. I did quite like the ending though, it felt like a full circle.
Overall I'd say three stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Soubhiville I thought this book was crazy weird, but I agree the ending redeemed it a little. 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Thanks for the tag @candority! This is my entry for #BookColorTag. It was surprisingly hard to find black and white books! Perhaps not surprising is the fact that all of these are queer.

candority Such a lovely stack! I've only read The Bell Jar - but I should check out some of the others! 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @candority Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country is one of my favourite books I've read this year! I highly recommend it. 2y
candority Awesome, I'll see if my library has it! Thank you 😊 2y
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queerbookreader How do you like ? 2y
Bertha_Mason I can't wait to read Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country. 2y
batsy I'm curious about that one too @lemonlime799 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @lemonlime799 @batsy I read it a long time ago but remember being blown away by some really cool ideas and also frustrated that Halberstam seemed biased against femininity in some ways and didn't address the privilege masculine presenting queers gets in lots of queer spaces. It's fairly academic in tone, too, FYI. 2y
batsy @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Thanks for your thoughts. I've read some stuff from Halberstam in the past (on the Bully Bloggers site, I think) where I could sense that bias. 2y
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read.run.travel
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It's been the longest week and I'm finally on my couch (see post below 🛋) with a glass of wine and the book I started yesterday. I've been eyeing it for months and it was finally available at the library 🙌🏽 I'm about a third in and it's crazy and I like it!
Happy weekend, Litsy friends ☀️

mdhughes72 LOVE that crazy book! The main character reminds me of someone Kristen Wiig would play. 2y
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Misamille
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Breakfast and my second read through this amazing book!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Pickpick

What a strange, strange book. But I wasn't expecting anything less from Miranda July. I didn't love this to death like I did her short story collection but it was a weirdly wonderful book that got me thinking a lot, about love and motherhood and loneliness and the absurdity of life. I'm glad Cheryl Glickman got a happy ending.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This book is super weird but super good. Also this picture turned out weird cause it unintentionally caught my partner's hand reaching for my leg.
Also: "I wondered how many other women had sat on this toilet and stared at this floor. Each of then the center of their own world, all of them yearning for someone to put their love into so they could see their love, see that they had it.

Mindyrecycles Lol gotta watch those leg-grabbing partners. 2y
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stephanie.winsor
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Panpan

This book was not for me. There were so many times during reading that I stopped, looked up and said "what am I reading?"
I still have so many unanswered questions.
Don't even get me started on the sexual scenes, I mean I read some graphic stuff but come on! Incest? Why?
I'll stop now, I'm just ranting. I will read just about anything, I actually love really bad books. But this one, whole new category of strange.

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stephanie.winsor

I read almost this entire book in one sitting; there's about 30 pages left to go. I found myself looking up from the book an saying out loud "what am I reading?" So many times but, I couldn't put it down. Now, I can't pick it back up. I'm so confused by the main character, I'm confused by the "contracts" and the fighting. Can someone who read this enlighten me?

Megabooks Hmmm...this is on my TBR. 3y
stephanie.winsor Well a rollercoaster of a read to say the least when you get around to reading it! 3y
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stephanie.winsor
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It's been raining forever. So blanket, couch, glasses and a book for me! Perfect Friday 😁😁😁

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Soubhiville
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I didn't like this book, but I kept reading it to see if it got crazier... 🍌👖 (It did)
#unreliablenarrator #maybookshowers

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Ornella: "The story is about women, motherhood, relationships, and love – and a little bit about men. I'm a German multimedia artist and I admire that Miranda July does everything – she's a filmmaker, performance artist, a writer. My work plays with kitsch, like NASA imagery. Pictures of nebulas are taken via telescope and the light travels for such a long time that what we see might not exist anymore. I like that. It's all interpretation." #nyc

Louise NASA imagery as Kitsch?!?! 🤔🌟🤔🌟 3y
RaimeyGallant Nice photo! #NYClove (edited) 2y
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Mehso-so

I just finished this book, and I feel like I need to take the longest shower of my life. 🤢🤢🤢 Wow. I didn't love it, but I'll certainly never forget it. 😂

Tanzy13 🐱 3y
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Ubookquitous
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I loved this cover... Because nothing could hint at what it was about. Simple and it stood out. #marchintoreading #judgedbyitscover

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ptkpepe98

#LitsyAtoZ #J @BookishMarginalia
Book number 7 is done. It was an unexpected read...I was going to bail, but gave it one more chapter. Couldn't put it down...

So if you want something unexpected, perhaps this is the read for you. Enjoy!

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"It was a very ordinary thing to be but I felt suddenly breathless, like I had just made it to the top of something tall. Motherhood."

So glad I read one more chapter, and didn't bail. I didn't see this coming at all! Great twist, wonderful ending.

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ptkpepe98
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I'm not too sure about this book yet. I'm halfway through and not too invested in the characters, who are all warped in some fundamental way. Warped deeply. Hence my confusion. Do I care enough to finish or bail? Maybe one more chapter...

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parasolofdoom
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Pickpick

I can see why this is such a polarizing book. Every three or four pages I was making a face and going "what the fu..." But I could not tear myself away from Cheryl's rocky inner landscape -- in a small way I was reminded of Rose in The Other Typist, another totally messed up introvert that doesn't really know herself for all the time spent inside her own head.

#LitsyAtoZ #LetterF #F

ptkpepe98 I'm with you. I'm about midway through and find myself wondering if I want to finish the book or not. I'm not sure I feel sympathetic towards any of the characters, but I admit I'm curious to find out where this will lead. It's out there, and I'm not sure if I mean that in a good way or a bad way. 3y
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parasolofdoom
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Both kids are napping and Mama's enjoying a long overdue bubble bath with a new book.

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NotYourHandmaid
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Mehso-so

Meh. What a weird cast of characters .

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reneelyons
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In her intricately plotted debut, July takes the reader on a twisty ride that cumulates in a place we never see coming. She examines uncomfortable realities and taboo topics with a smoothness that will at times have you both cringing and laughing out loud. Suddenly, before you realize it's happening, you'll be rooting for love in the most unexpected of places.

Full review: http://tinyurl.com/jz7963p

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reneelyons
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#nowreading and loving it just pages in.

Alfoster It's a weird one! I'll be interested to see what you think when you're finished! 3y
reneelyons Thanks for the comment @alfoster! It seems very polarizing, but so far I'm totally engaged. Let's see how it goes! 3y
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JanJan
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So weird...

readordierachel The weirdest. I loved it though :) 3y
Soubhiville Ugh I really didn't like this one. 3y
katedensen Agreed! 3y
alanacristin It was so gross and lovely 😍 Miranda July is a treasure 💩👼 3y
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Soubhiville
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Panpan

I felt tricked when I read this, partially because the plot was twisty, and partially because it was another of those thrillers where there wasn't one character I liked or could relate to. It was definitely not for me.
#trickedortreated #octphotochallenge
@LibrarianRyan

ReadingEnvy I had a bad run with this one too. I've heard her short stories are easier because the unlikeable characters are over faster. 😜 3y
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AmbityScambity
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I honestly had no clue what I was getting into with this book, but I'd heard people say they loved it and it was available as an audio download, so I did it. What a ride! Claire was definitely an unforgettable character, and just when I thought I had her figured out, July would throw another curve ball. I kept vacillating between feeling sorry for Claire and wanting to strangle her. Her quirks were definitely intense. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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enidkeaner
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Have I ever finished a book I hated more? Don't think so!

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wisebravegirl
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"Try not to base your decision on this room, it isn't representative of the whole word. Somewhere the sun is hot on a rubbery leaf, clouds are making shapes and reshaping and reshaping, a spiderweb is broken but still works."

mauveandrosysky I love this book so much. And this is such a fantastic picture! 3y
SarahTheSpectator Yes!! I loved it to - it was so original 3y
Afeen This book is amazing!!! 2y
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katedensen
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Mehso-so

It took only one cup to finish. I loved No One Belongs Here More Than You, so I had high expectations for July's novel. I couldn't get past Clee's physical and emotional abuse of Cheryl, even when it became weirdly consensual. I enjoyed the revelation and affirmation that mental health professionals can "messed up" and are inevitably just as human as others. Ultimately, I'm glad I stuck with it--I actually liked it by the end, but so-so overall.

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katedensen
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Good morning, Litsians! I'm starting this refreshingly cool Labor Day (it's 65 degrees out right now!) with coffee and my book. Only a chapter or two left and am hoping to finish by the time I've imbibed my requisite 3-4 cups of morning coffee. #biblioweekend

LauraBeth Enjoy! ☕️🌞 3y
katedensen @LauraBeth I am and will continue to do so! ❤️ 3y
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katedensen
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Hmm. Read a few more chapters, and am suddenly enjoying it more. I've read almost 80% at this point, so I'm definitely planning to finish. #biblioweekend

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katedensen
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I had such a long (but totally wonderful) day and I am so so so happy to finally be in bed with my book. Has anyone read this, though? I'm having trouble with it, but maybe it's because the last few books I read were either hard to put down (Dark Matter) or relatively easy reads (Attachments). I don't want to abandon Miranda, but it's just...I don't know.

CherylDeFranceschi Sorry- it's part of my endless TBR. 3y
MMenefee I read it soon after it came out and recall loving it (but maybe not loving several of the characters, at least that sounds vaguely familiar). 3y
susanw I didn't love it. Didn't hate it either. I remember it being very well written but very weird. Like, very weird. 3y
katedensen @CherylDeFranceschi No worries! @MMenefee That makes sense. I don't think any of the characters are particularly lovable, but there not deplorable either...they're like in limbo or something. @susanw Yes! It's just very, very weird. Almost to the point of discomfort. I feel more uncomfortable reading this than I did when reading 3y
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katedensen
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This is book is so so so weird. I'm almost 50% through, but I'm inclined to stay with it at this point because a) it's Miranda July, b) I'm almost at the halfway point, and c) it's Miranda July.

Britafish Miranda July is a magical weirdo 3y
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SarahTheSpectator
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Desired: The First Bad Man
Disliked: 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl
Delightful: One More Thing and Other Stories
#AugustOfPages #GoodbyeAugust #HelloFall

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katedensen
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Still reading but I've switched from coffee to wine.

katedensen @britt_brooke 🍷📖🍷 3y
susanw As you do! 3y
katedensen @susanw The happiest hour is happy hour. 3y
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katedensen
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Mid-afternoon iced coffee and reading. ❤☕️📖️