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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740667026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740667029
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kali on 28 Nov 2010
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I got this book on a whim. The title intrigued me, "Stuff White People Like", what was that all about? Well I soon found out and though it is very American you can very much relate it to any white middle class life all OVER the world. From the very first page I found myself laughing out loud. I couldn't help myself. Not only that I REALLY tried to feel guilty but I just couldn't because when all was said and done all Mr Lander was doing was showing us what was in front of our eyes, we just haven't realised it. Until now.

Diversity made me fall out of my wheelchair chuckling with mirth, so VERY true. And as for the page titled "having Black friends" well my friend had to practically resusitate me. I smiled when I read about Dogs, guilty as charged, I love dogs, I get that I suspect from my English (and white) mother, my Indian father has grown to tolerate us having dogs in our house but he isn't a fan the way we are. The "How White Are You?" at the end of the book sounds offensive, but actually it isn't. It makes a point that I think a lot of people don't get. Having read some of the other reviews I can see that a lot of people are offended by this book.

Would they be offended by a book called Stuff Black People Like? Somehow I doubt it. It would probably be looked at as some sort of seminal book on ethnicity that needed to be read from cover to cover and discussed in coffee shops, whilst contemplating a change of religion and looking at diversity as the new "way forward" but only if it means a change of menu.

Mr Lander you have opened a can of worms. I trust you will open another can and write another book, possibly titled, "More Stuff White People Like."
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By russki on 27 Oct 2009
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Moleskin Notebooks, Expensive Baby Buggies, Never Used Kitchen Aid Mixers, Yoga and Apple Computers. Middle Class consumers of these items get it in the neck in this fantastic book.
In a desperate bid to appear ecologically worldly wise and creatively individual, white upper middle class people all buy the exact same expensive stuff. It makes for a unsettling read as it lists all the stuff I love. I know the middle class are an easy target for satire but this book does it in a funny and thought provoking way.
Self congratulation, gentrification, white assimilation and division, and middle class guilt are all touched upon by the excellent choice of items.
Many of the reviews on the American web site claim this book is racist and devisive but they are really overeacting and miss the point (plus any book that can devide opinion and create debate is fine by me)
This is an American book so some of the brand names and companies will be unfamiliar but you can easily substitute English versions, plus everything is becoming Americanised anyway thanks to globalization.
For me this book punctures pomposity, piousness and elitism in a deadly accurate but ironically light hearted way. If you're looking for a present for the gently self loathing, irony loving person in your life, this is the book to buy (just make sure they read it on full view whilst drinking ultra expensive fair trade coffee in a Shoreditch coffee shop!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Dawson VINE VOICE on 23 Nov 2009
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It is truly disconcerting how much of myself I saw in this book! But at least now I know I am the "right kind" of white person. If you are or know a nice white middle class do-gooder type who likes a laugh at their own expense, this book is for you. And if you are not a nice white middle class do-gooder type but likes a laugh at the expense of such people, this book is also for you. I lost track of the number of belly laughs I had reading this book. What makes it great is that blogger and author Christian Lander has not gone for the easiest or most obvious points to comment on - at least not exclusively! Thus, along with farmer's markets, we also have glasses. As well as the more obvious dinner parties, white people also love outdoor performance clothes. And every piece is sharply observed, cleverly written, and razor-sharp. It is augmented with flow charts which are themselves hialrious. Ideal for a gift, I will be adding a few of these to my Christmas shopping basket!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Ellison VINE VOICE on 8 Dec 2009
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Like the website before it, "Stuff White People White" is an amusingly written collection of all of the sterotypical things you might associate with your average, white-collar, white-faced middle-American. Some are very much on the mark (Expensive sandwiches, Apple products), some are a little too broad to fit the book (Dogs), and many are very american-centric (The Ivy League), but for the most part the book captures the essence of what it is to be white.

You can probably add this book to itself, as it's pretty much aimed at the kind of self-depricating, average white person who will snicker at thesmelves in a smug and self-aware way. Go ahead and add "Writing reviews on Amazon" to the book too, in fact.

It's not amazingly funny, and the version I received was entirely black and white (There are plenty of pictures), but it's not bad. Overall, it's overly american, overly pretentious, but not without it's merits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec 2009
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Stuff White People Like is based on a cult website that has been running for a while and most of the contents of the book can be found on the website so this is not a great value purchase if you already follow the site. It is amusing enough, although aimed very much at an American market. Over this side of the Atlantic I think we can gt the jokes but not really feel them.

The title is a little misleading as this is not about white people but about a very specific subset of white people, namely those young professional, liberal, urban-dwelling white people. By the definitions in here Barack Obama is probably more of a white person than, say, Ted Nugent. In fact there is a quiz at the back where you determine how white you are and even allowing a few borderline yes answers I only rated 14% white.

The conceit of the book, and website, is that it is supposed to be written for people from either ethnic minorities in America or for foreigners so they can understand 'white people' and get on their good side and it is a good conceit. In reality, of course, the book is aimed firmly at the sort of people the book is supposedly satirising - after all, number 103 on the list is 'self deprecating humour'.

Bearing that in mind, the natural audience for it in the UK will be the sort of people who appreciate the Colbert Report and wish they could live in New York or San Francisco. Hopefully there will be enough of them, because despite its lack of substance, American bias and familiarity to anybody who has found the website, it is quite witty and in places very sharp. Ironically (and 'irony' is No. 50 on the list) the bits I enjoyed most were those that appeared to have been written specifically for the book, like the flowcharts.

The other thing to appreciate is the attention to detail, with even the sub-title on the cover and the typesetting credit at the back containing sly digs at middle class mores.
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