Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander
A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

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They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees.

They believe they’re unique, yet somehow they’re all exactly the same, talking about how they “get” Sarah Silverman’s “subversive” comedy and Wes Anderson’s “droll” films. They’re also down with diversity and up on all the best microbrews, breakfast spots, foreign cinema, and authentic sushi. They’re organic, ironic, and do not own TVs.

You know who they are: They’re white people. And they’re here, and you’re gonna have to deal. Fortunately, here’s a book that investigates, explains, and offers advice for finding social success with the Caucasian persuasion. So kick back on your IKEA couch and lose yourself in the ultimate guide to the unbearable whiteness of being.


“The best of a hilarious Web site: an uncannily accurate catalog of dead-on predilections. The Criterion Collection of classic films? Haircuts with bangs? Expensive fruit juice? ‘Blonde on Blonde’ on the iPod? The author knows who reads The New Yorker and who wears plaid.”
–Janet Maslin’s summer picks,

“The author of "Stuff White People Like" skewers the sacred cows of lefty Caucasian culture, from the Prius to David Sedaris. . . . It gently mocks the habits and pretensions of urbane, educated, left-leaning whites, skewering their passion for Barack Obama and public transportation (as long as it's not a bus), their idle threats to move to Canada, and joy in playing children's games as adults. Kickball, anyone?”

“A handy reference guide with which you can check just how white you are. Hint: If you like only documentaries and think your child is gifted, you glow in the dark, buddy.”
–NY Daily News

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About Christian Lander

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Christian Lander is the creator of the website Stuff White People Like. He is a Ph.D. dropout who was the 2006 public speaking instructor of the year at Indiana University. He has lived in Toronto, Montreal, Copenhagen, Tucson, Indiana, and now Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, Jess, a photographer who contributed many of the photos in the book.
Published August 4, 2008 by Random House. 211 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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From the blog sensation of the same name comes a collection of brief, funny, occasionally biting profiles of things supposedly beloved by upper-middle class white people.

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Sit back and enjoy the whiteness: Boston, Conan O’Brien – “The news that Conan O’Brien would be replaced by Jay Leno caused white people to erupt with rage and hostility…First, all white people love ‘the masturbating bear.’ If you don’t know what this is, do not worry.

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National Review Online

He’s caught on to the fact that liberal whites have a sort of ethnic friend checklist: Black friends, for example, “can be used as physical evidence that white people are not racist.” The entire text of the “Barack Obama” entry reads, “White people like Barack Obama because they are afraid that i...

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Anyone who reads "Stuff White People Like" without perusing the blog it is based upon first, might well wonder what all the fuss is about.

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Thompson explicitly sidesteps questions of tactical efficacy and movement-building strategy that might seek to discriminate between more or less productive actions, emphasizing only "the role that violence has played in the creation of new people" and asserting that the "experiments with violence...

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