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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
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Paperback, 211 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Kat Kennedy
Stuff White People Like may be misleading to some because, from the title, they'll expect this book to be about stuff that white people like.


Various white demographics weren't hurt in the making of this book.

This is not necessarily the fact. In Lander's own words (pulled indiscreetly from wikipedia), this book is "rather a stereotype of affluent, environmentally and socially conscious, anti-corporate white North Americans, who typically hold a degree in the liberal arts."

In other words: Hipster
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Manny
Jan 25, 2015 Manny rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who's lived in the Bay Area
Recommended to Manny by: notgettingenough
94. Goodreads

Goodreads combines many of the things white people like. They can hang out on the internet, talk to people who have similar views on Sarah Palin and climate change, feel their liberal arts degree is useful for something and put down other white people while pretending to have pleasant conversations with them. The very best part, though, is being able to show everyone the books they've read. If a white person has read a book, they really want all the other white people to know they'v
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j
Jun 17, 2011 j rated it really liked it
Recommended to j by: life
Hey Brian,

Do you guys want play Cranium tomorrow night? Otherwise you could come over at like 10:30 and we could go to the farmer's market. I have been trying to buy local and it is actually the cheapest place to get organic apples. Anyway, you guys could come if you want. There is a new brunch place I want to try. You could also go to the thrift store with us. We want to get tacky wedding decorations.

OMG, have you ever seen that movie Flirting? We watched it last night on Netflix streaming dur
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Melki
Jul 05, 2015 Melki rated it really liked it
Wow! I'm not nearly as white as I thought!

I only scored 25% when I took the "How White Are You" quiz in the back of the book.

Some of my likes that are shared with other white people are coffee, tea, dogs, beards, glasses, expensive sandwiches, hardwood floors, T-shirts, vintage, bakeries and making others feel bad for not going outdoors.

On the other hand, I have no interest whatsoever in $800 strollers, rock climbing, music festivals, gifted children, microbreweries,Apple products, having two la
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Marcus
Jul 08, 2008 Marcus rated it it was amazing
What White People Will Learn:
-That everything you do to be different makes you the same as everyone else.
-Whether or not you're 'the right kind of white person'
-What other white people are doing that you could be doing to become even whiter.

What People of Color Will Learn:
-How to become friends with/manipulate white people
-How to make sure you only befriend/manipulate 'the right kind of white person'
-How to talk to white people and have them think that you are cool/smart/fun/romantic

As funny as
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
Mar 12, 2011 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it liked it
Shelves: truthiness
In one of my more earth-shattering moments of glorious word-spinning, allow me to summarize the deepest oceans that are my thoughts on this book: "Umm...heh...this book was pretty funny, dude."

Let me tell you something else I learned...

As you may have noticed, I am, in fact, white. However, as far as these guys are concerned, I am, like, THE WHITEST PERSON IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. I'm like the daughter in that scene in The People Under the Stairs where the mom throws her in the boiling hot bath, onl
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Becky
So, Umm... Do "white people" like this book?

No, they don't. They liked the idea of the website before it was created, and may have even laughed at one of the references when they were in on the joke before you. But by the time the site hit the web, it was old news, and they'd moved on to newer and/or older, less mainstream entertainment. Like reading blogs devoted to "How to wear your multiple knotted scarves in ways different from everyone else." And now that I've just drawn attention to that,
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Tiffany Malcom
Aug 20, 2008 Tiffany Malcom rated it really liked it
Okay, I have to admit that what I liked most about this was that each of the 150 "chapters" were about a page each, which made it really easy to pick up and read when I just had a minute or two.

Although according to the quiz I am only 10% white, I got a good chuckle over quite a few of the things "the right kind of white person" likes. Two of my favorites?

#87 Outdoor Performance Clothes
"When white people aren't working, they generally like to wear outdoor performance clothes . . . The main re
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Lucy
May 21, 2011 Lucy rated it did not like it
Smug condesention from a white guy, mostly about how his friends are and going under the assumption all white people of a certain income bracket are the exact same way. Of course, I do some of the things in here, but just as many were totally unappealing or ridiculous. It's just a hype book and I won't be reading the second book by Mr. Lander. It's a clear example of a blog with semi-original material getting a book deal based on hits. The blog has similar content for free.

This was part of my c
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Mariel
Oct 09, 2010 Mariel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: scenesters
Recommended to Mariel by: my mommy
My mother got me this for my birthday. She's totally making fun of me! I'm gonna show her the entry on Noam Chomsky because that's her. We'll see who is laughing then. (She'll then point to the entries on glasses, Michel Gondry, vegetarianism and Arrested Development. Then I'll point to "hating your parents".) (Or she might've gotten this for me since one of my weirdo pasttimes is making my african parrot speak to me in a little voice I created for him: "Evil white man" [that's me] and rants on ...more
HeavyReader
Dec 27, 2008 HeavyReader rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-really-funny
I don't really know what I think about this book or even how to describe it.

i just read it while house sitting. i wanted something to read while soaking in the bathtub. While the family I am house sitting for has literally hundreds of books, most are novels (lots and lots and lots of mysteries) or historical/academic texts. I didn't want to start something that I wouldn't be able to finish and I didn't really want to get into any heavy reading. So I poked around until I found this.

I think this
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Kathryn
Dec 05, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
I was saving this book for when I was in need of a pick me up and maybe that need and my already depressed feelings of the day going into this book were too strong, as though the humor was a little short to balance out my mood. For whatever the reason, I had hoped this book would be better than it ended up.

Anyways...I snickered a good amount but there were no deep belly laughs or rolling on the floor laughing escapades. I almost feel as though the author tried too hard. This book is targeted to
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Cher
Jul 27, 2008 Cher rated it it was amazing
This book is mortifying! It lists short essays on 150 things white people embrace. And not the "wrong kind" of white people, who would be those considered trashy or not within the important artistic and aware cities of New York, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle or Austin. According to it, I am at least 40% white, which = pompous. At first I was a little nervous about the title because I thought it might be idiotically off-base or embarrassigly white while pretending not to be. Nope. It is a perf ...more
Steve
Mar 27, 2009 Steve rated it liked it
After Salman Rushdie exposed me for the ignoramus that I am (I couldn’t claim a full appreciation for his prize-winning allegory Midnight’s Children), I decided to go light with my next selection. So now I’ve been exposed for fitting a cultural stereotype a little too closely. It’s all in good fun, though. So what if I’m a coffee-drinking, European-traveling, New Balance-wearing, Wrigley Field-attending, dog-loving, documentary-watching white guy who likes irony, apologies, the idea of soccer, S ...more
Selena
Jul 22, 2008 Selena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: aspiring white folks and those interested in a white upgrade
Recommended to Selena by: Colin B.
As any true white person knows, our book came out just a few weeks ago. Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander is one of the funniest things I’ve read all year. If you aren’t up on how to be the whitest you can be, this will definitely tell you everything from which authors to read (stick to Sedaris) and which newspapers you should make sure to always have on your coffee table while other white people visit your Ikea infested abode(The New Yorker and the New York Times, respectively).

It tak
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Lina
May 09, 2011 Lina rated it liked it
lulz Pictures, Images and Photos

I can happily say that I am 36% white.
Douglas Wilson
Aug 08, 2010 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satire
This book, in addition to be very funny, was also astonishingly insightful. It amazes me that edgy Christians who think they are developing some sort of prophetic "third way" are just being terminally white.
Shannon
Nov 29, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: lulz
Edit: I'm done with this. At least as much as I'm going to read. I didn't read every single one, mostly just the ones that I felt applied to me/ people I know. Otherwise it'd just not really interesting to me. I don't care how stereotypical it is for white people to snowboard, 'cause I don't snowboard or know anything about snowboarding. Anyway, it's amusing.. pure silliness. OR IS IT. I admit it also makes you question your choices/tastes. I mean, if this random white guy is able to predict you ...more
JSou
Jan 14, 2013 JSou rated it liked it
Things in this book that I really do like and/or apply to me:

-Coffee
-Farmer's Markets
-Wes Anderson Movies
-Wine
-Not Having TV
-Brunch
-Indie Music
-Sushi
-Public Radio
-Dogs
-Kitchen Gadgets (yes, including my Kitchen-Aid Mixer )
-Documentaries
-T-Shirts
-Scarves
-San Francisco
-Plaid
-Reusable Shopping Bags
-Not Having Cash
-Books
-Cheese


Side note: In the 'Vintage' chapter, the author states that when white people get older (like over 30) and lose opportunities to wear vintage clothing such as a "Pittsburgh S
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Sarah (Barmy for Books)
Feb 21, 2009 Sarah (Barmy for Books) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2009
I wish I hadn't bought this book. I should have checked out this guy's blog first because then I would have realized his humour annoys me more than it makes me laugh. The book, and his blog for that matter, could be more accurately labeled "Stuff Pretentious West Coast Yuppies Like". The few times I did laugh were when I recognized someone I know (including myself) that fit the stereotype he was describing, and I was like "wow, am I that annoying!?" Maybe these past few years living in the West ...more
Kurt
Jul 31, 2012 Kurt rated it it was amazing
This book is great, certainly, but my experience of reading it was a bit damaged by first reading the sequel, Whiter Shades of Pale. Both books are collections of blog posts from stuffwhitepeoplelike.com, a satirical blog poking gentle fun at the culture created by overeducated overprivileged young people in the States (generally, but not exclusively, white people). Because, in each book, Lander is so careful not to include The Wrong Kind of White People (best example: all white people own a Wii ...more
Erin
Aug 14, 2015 Erin rated it it was ok
I have to say, I was excited whan I saw this book at Borders, because I've read the blog and thought it was hilarious, but I was really disappointed when I read the book. The humor from the blog doesn't transfer well into the printed medium, and it felt like the majority of the book content was no more than entries from his blog in a print-and-bound version, with a few added visual aids.

While Lander's sense of humor is fine for small daily doses on a blog, it wears thin quickly when one is sitti
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Robert
Apr 25, 2009 Robert rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008-9-season
This is one of the most insulting, paternalistic, painfully unfunny pieces of self indulgent liberal tripe I have ever read. There is no redeeming value to it. A snide and condescending attitude abounds in it.

Knowing I got this book from a library is the only redeeming factor - I would feel terrible if I paid for it. Even so, the only socially responsible action will be to discretely ditch this piece of crap in the nearest wastebasket once it has been re-shelved, lest anyone else accidentally be
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Cara
Jan 21, 2015 Cara rated it did not like it
This book starts off kind of funny, then it gets worse and worse and worse until finally you're so embarrassed for the author, the publisher, and anyone else who had anything to do it, but most of all for yourself, because you chose to read it, even if you got it from the library and didn't actually pay money for it.
Steve
Aug 18, 2010 Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2010
Amusing.
150 things that "white people" are in too.. trendy moderns he means.

Heres some of them:

#77 Musical Comedy
#76 Bottles of Water
#75 Threatening to Move to Canada
#74 Oscar Parties
#73 Gentrification
#72 Study Abroad
#71 Being the only white person around
#70 Difficult Breakups
#69 Mos Def
#68 Michel Gondry
#67 Standing Still at Concerts
#66 Divorce
#65 Co-Ed Sports
#64 Recycling
#63 Expensive Sandwiches
#62 Knowing What’s Best for Poor People
#61 Bicycles
#60 Toyota Prius
#59 Natural Medicine
#58
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Bookworm Smith
Aug 23, 2013 Bookworm Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny-haha
I know the title is not politically correct, therefore, what I'm about to say is probably not politically correct either, but, here goes - I'm soooo white!

So white, in fact, that I needed a book to tell me I am. Isn't that just the white way?

This book is a list of, as the title claims, Stuff White People Like. It is set up as a sort of guide to white culture, befriending whites, and a 'how-to' blend in at all white social functions. To me, it was non stop fun and laughter - which is hard to come
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Sandy
Jan 25, 2009 Sandy rated it it was amazing
This is a fun read, capturing lots of things I've been thinking about as I find myself surrounded by lots of white folks here in an urban setting. It's a satirical guide for us non-whites to "their" world.

I find much truth in entries such as no. 42 Sushi; no. 53 Dogs; no. 72 Study Abroad; and no. 145 Cheese. Especially cheese. I could go on and on about my realization that some people have an "extensive and deep knowledge of cheese." Wow. Growing up where my cheese options were limited to sliced
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Maicie
Mar 18, 2010 Maicie rated it it was ok
I didn't understand this book. Maybe because I'm only 13% white. Which is weird because my skin is so transparent you can see my veins.

I got points for liking cheese but I thought that was because I was born in Wisconsin...not because I was white. French people don't like cheese? Didn't they invent Brie?

I lost points because my kids aren't multilingual. Hell, sometimes I don't think they even speak english.

Don't read this book. It will shatter what little self esteem you have. I can't even do w
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Brooke
Jan 08, 2009 Brooke rated it it was ok
According to the quiz at the back of this book I am 11.5% white. I think that figure about tells you what I think of this book and how much I liked it. Yes, yes, there were a couple stereotypes that were laughable, but it was basically just talking about the elite, creme-de-la-creme leftist liberal. Just not a book I was all over.
Heather
Oct 13, 2008 Heather rated it did not like it
I will admit I only flipped through this while my husband was reading it. Believe me, it was more than enough. This book is a poor excuse, extremely biased, and mostly comes off as a little racist. That being said, I will not bother finishing it as it starts becoming obnoxiously repetitive and pointless.
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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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“If you are able to introduce a white person to a new cheese, it's like introducing them to a future spouse.” 15 likes
“This is because white people need to show off the books that they have read. Just as hunters will mount the heads of their kills, white people need to let people know that they have made their way through hundreds or even thousands of books.” 14 likes
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