Miranda July

Writer, director, and star of You, Me, and Everyone We Know, Miranda July is a multi-disciplinarian, who threads together film, fiction, monologue, and performance art. Her 2011 movie, The Future, was nominated for a Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. She published her first novel, The First Bad Man, in 2015.

Below are Miranda July’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.


Rich and Poor: Photographs of Jim Goldberg

Jim Goldberg
The format of this book is part of what makes it so great — that the subjects, very rich people and very poor people, got to see Goldberg’s portrait and write a sentence upon looking at themselves. It’s easy to objectify a subject — but also really easy to simply invite them to speak.

$100.00 $100.00

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Tattered Cloak & Other Stories

Nina Berberova and Marian Schwartz
I don’t even know how I came across this book, but I read the title story every few years and just feel SO SAD. I thought my life would slip right through my fingers as it did for this narrator, and though it hasn’t…it also has. Super Russian.

$14.95 $14.95

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Photography & Film

Friedl Kubelka Vom Groller, Melanie Ohnemus, Andrea Picard
I got this book a couple years ago and since then two people have bought it for me — and they are right to! The very specific, imperfect femininity — the sense of one woman’s struggle to make art — that’s my bailiwick.

$50.00 $50.00

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The Diary of A Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures

Phoebe Gloeckner
I was in a unique position to be influenced by this book because my parents published it when I was in my twenties (long before Marielle Heller made it into a great movie). It is the most graphic of all the graphic novels I own — and all from the point of view of a teenage girl.

$18.95 $18.95

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The I Ching

I’ve been using the same I Ching since I was teenager when it was given to me by a fellow teenager; it seems too late to change now. I don’t use it often, but when I do it really does help. You can fool yourself, but not the I Ching.

$20.00 $20.00

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Birds of America

Lorrie Moore
Long before I started to write in earnest, Lorrie Moore taught me you could have a woman narrator who was funny and complex and even wrong-headed. She opened up a lot of space that me and a million other women rushed in to.

$15.95 $15.95

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Studs Terkel
There’s no law against asking strangers about their lives and feelings, although sometimes it really feels like there is. This is the kind of thing I want to read all day long, on every aspect of life (and there’s more, Terkel collected oral histories on race, the great depression, movies and plays, etc.)

$18.95 $18.95

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The Famished Road

Ben Okri
I am a big fan of work in any medium that can take on death — being dead, being a soul — in a new way. It shares something with my favorite aspects of George Saunders in its matter of fact dealings with what might be considered supernatural.

$16.95 $16.95

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The Address Book

Sophie Calle
Sophie Calle taught me that art isn’t this thing apart from your life, your embarrassing life as woman, girlfriend, person who longed — all that could be art if you were smart and elegant enough to notice what makes something interesting.

$39.00 $39.00

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Tenth of December

George Saunders
There is something George Saunders said in an interview that I re-read many times while writing my novel. It’s too long for here but basically: characters don’t have to be articulate to be full human beings. He does this so well and I plan on doing it well.

$15.00 $15.00

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