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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (July 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812979915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812979916
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy B. Riley on March 17 2011
Format: Paperback
My gifted (#16), multilingual (#78) 28 year old son (his mother and I are divorced (#66)) has recently returned from a year of teaching English in Japan (#11, 19, 42, 58, 71, 72,) to attend graduate school (#47 and #81) and he visited me today. We had some freshly brewed gourmet coffee (#1) and ate a couple of $12 sandwiches (#63) while watching several episodes of the Wire (#85). As he left he borrowed some of my Criterion Collection (#106) DVD's of 1950's classic Japanese films (#116). And this was just today!

I thought that this book was hilarious, and I love the sub-title (The Definitive Guide to the Unique Tastes of Millions). Although less than half of the "stuff" applied to me I really got a kick out of it and bought a couple more copies for friends.

Let's clear up one thing though; this was not meant to apply to ALL white people. I have two brothers (both republican, blue collar conservatives) and I would be surprised if even two items on the list applied to them and they lead happy, fulfilled lives (or so they tell me). This book is directed to a certain sub-sect of the white population. We like to think that we are different but many of us are different in the exact same ways. We know who we are and we should be able to laugh at ourselves (#103, Self Deprecating Humor).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie on July 3 2008
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Stuff People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions, by Christian Lander, is laugh-out-loud funny. The book jumps right in with 150 things white people like. There are black and white photographs throughout, many of which were taken by his wife. The end of the book has a handy list of the 150 things white people like and a checklist to see what percentage of white you are.

Note: this is not a book about all white Americans, but a book on the white cultural creatives (cc's) (if you know who they are, then you are probably one of them,) that make up over one-third of the population. Many of the defining characteristics of the cc's can be found in the "stuff" Landers writes about, like enjoying the outdoors, organic food, being an environmentalist, caring about education and so on.

Another defining characteristic of the cc's is the belief that they are a unique and authentic bunch--something Landers has too much fun poking at.

There are tips throughout for those seeking to befriend a white person that are hilarious.

The following excerpts will give you a taste of the book:

* Coffee: "For the most part, white people love Starbucks, although they will profess o hate how the chain is now a multi international corporation."

* Organic food: "Because of the balance of global wealth and power, there is a general assumption that white people are pretty shrewd. And for the most part, history has proven this to be true. But white people have one great weakness: organic food."

* Having black friends: "...an abundance of black fiends (defined in white culture as two) also enables a white person to be the resident expert on African-American issues when there are no black people around.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. P. Siu TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 25 2008
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A friend of mine bought this book, Stuff White People Like, for me over Christmas - noting with irony the fact that I'm a supremely Westernized Asian.

The book is a great collection of 150 'things' that White People like. It's a humourous treatment of cultural clashes and funny habits of (mostly) American 'White People'. It's written in a manner directed at non-Whites, a way of humourously alienating any reader from realities.

In this framework, the book is an excellently entertaining light read, providing stunningly hilarious insights into White culture. It is not, however, a social commentary of any sort, and those looking for a 'real' guide to American culture should probably not be looking in this direction.

While Lander's insights are, to a great extent, reflective of mainstream culture, he seems to focus almost solely on a small portion of the 'White' population - those of youngish 20-somethings living in trendy urban neighbourhoods. His truisms, to this extent, are generic enough to describe his subject, but any reasonable reader will quickly see through the numerous stereotypes employed.

In any case, the book is a real treat to read, and easily finished in a couple of sittings. Contents also include some nice photography, along with some funny diagrams and flowcharts to complement the writing. A great conversation starter, this one can also be read in groups for some fun times.
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By Nicolas Krief on July 12 2014
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By Daniel on March 1 2014
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If you deny being a hipster, you are probably a hipster, so I won't. I am a undeniably a white guy, though, and don't deny that many of the items on this checklist do apply to me. But on the whole, this book does not define white people in general, but hipsters. They are urban, they are bearded and they are socially, environmentally and ironically conscious. They may never have given birth, but if you tell them you had an epidural, get ready for an earful!
This book was entertaining, in that I basically flipped from page to page looking at the titles, saying "hipster, hipster, hipster." Which was helpful, because I've been trying to definitively describe what a hipster is to my girlfriend. I took one look at this book and just handed it to her, saying, "once and for all, now you know what a hipster is."
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