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Stuff White People Like

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  11,843 ratings  ·  933 reviews
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...more
ebook, 211 pages
Published July 19th 2008 by Random House Publishing Group (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...more
Manny
Dec 04, 2013 Manny rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Joel
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...more
Marcus
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...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
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...more
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,...more
Tiffany Malcom
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...more
Lucy
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...more
Mariel
Oct 09, 2010 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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
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...more
Kathryn
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...more
Cher
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
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
JSou
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...more
Douglas Wilson
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
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
Lina
lulz Pictures, Images and Photos

I can happily say that I am 36% white.
Erin
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...more
Kurt
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
Bookworm Smith
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...more
Sandy
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...more
Sarah
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
Robert
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...more
Maicie
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...more
Brooke
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
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.
Stephanie Joy
My roommate gave me this book for Christmas and I couldn't wait to read it. This seemed to poke fun at the stereotypical white person that loves all things organic, liberal, and snobbish, which reminded me a lot of the characters from Frasier. I laughed the whole way through.

A few gems to share include:
"#14: All white people fantasize about being brought to an authentic 'African-American' experience such as a Baptist church or a barbecue restaurant in a neighborhood that they are afraid of."

"#1...more
Celine
Stuff White People Like
By Christian Lander
211pp. New York
Random House Trade Paperbacks $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7991-6


Are you white? Then you must enjoy listening to Indie music, have a liberal arts degree, drink fair trade coffee, and shop for organic foods at Whole Foods and farmer's markets. You love bohemian and hipster culture, care a lot about the environment, and love going to film festivals.

Christian Lander’s Stuff White People Like is a humorous satire about the life of a typical wh...more
Brittany
Feb 05, 2009 Brittany rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of Chuck Klosterman
Recommended to Brittany by: Jordan
How I Came To Read This Book: Someone gave it to Jordan as a Christmas gift and I stole it, after three tough literary fiction reads, I needed a break.

The Plot: Christian Lander and his cohorts run a blog on the very topic the title states the book is about - Stuff White People Like. Of course, it's a certain 'kind' of white person - generally American hipsters that like to believe they're the first and only person to do or like something. The book covers 150 slightly baffling / amusing elements...more
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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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“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.” 10 likes
“If you are able to introduce a white person to a new cheese, it's like introducing them to a future spouse.” 9 likes
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