It Chooses You

It Chooses You

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
L.A. screenwriter, performance artist, and author, takes to the streets to meet the folks advertising their cheap wares in the local "PennySaver" classifieds shopper. Their stories are humorous, intriguing, and sometimes moving, and ultimately, surprisingly helpful in shaping the film she is trying to complete.

Perseus Publishing
In the summer of 2009, Miranda July was struggling to finish writing the screenplay for her much-anticipated second film. During her increasingly long lunch breaks, she began to obsessively read the PennySaver, the iconic classifieds booklet that reached everywhere and seemed to come from nowhere. Who was the person selling the ?Large leather Jacket, $10”? It seemed important to find out?or at least it was a great distraction from the screenplay.

Accompanied by photographer Brigitte Sire, July crisscrossed Los Angeles to meet a random selection of PennySaver sellers, glimpsing thirteen surprisingly moving and profoundly specific realities, along the way shaping her film, and herself, in unexpected ways.

Elegantly blending narrative, interviews, and photographs with July’s off-kilter honesty and deadpan humor, this is a story of procrastination and inspiration, isolation and connection, and grabbing hold of the invisible world.


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Relates the author's attempt to distract herself while working on her second screenplay by crisscrossing Los Angeles to track down a random selection of people who advertized items for sale in the iconic classifieds booklet "PennySaver."

Publisher: San Francisco, Ca. : McSweeneys Books, c2011
ISBN: 9781936365012
1936365014
Characteristics: 218 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Sire, Brigitte

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Persnickety77
Nov 17, 2014

Miranda July's work manages to make me feel depressed and creepy at the same time.
this is a good thing.

in this book she does a good job of delving into the little sadness-es and realities and joys of the regular - if slightly strange - people who place ads in the penny saver.

it's a lonely book, but it's lonely in that communal way, where you realize that sometimes we're all lonely, in the same way.

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callmemames
May 03, 2014

This book is such a lovely story of people as they are in every day life with no pretention or over exaggeration. Miranda July's encounters with people she meets through the Penny Saver will lift your spirit and make you want to interact with the world a little bit more.

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booksteve
Feb 22, 2014

A charming book that surprises the reader with its insight. July meets and interviews strangers who tell her more about the human condition than she had thought to ask. The final tale of meeting Joe, an old man who July casts in her film, is heart-rending. Beautiful little book .

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

The author, a filmaker stuck on a screenplay, browses "Penny Savers" and meets and interviews some of the people who placed advertisements in them. Quirky!

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