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Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle's Sweaters to Maine's Microbrews Paperback – November 23, 2010
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Of course, all this belies the concern most people (rightly) have: Is this book funny, and is it worth purchasing when his website is free? To the first, I can say that he is indeed quite funny, and to the second, most of the best material was written for the book, so there's plenty of reason to check it out. The individual new entries are quite good (Duke Basketball, Losing Weight, Taxes, Punctuality, etc), but the best part is the addition of white people by city.Read more ›
There have always been plenty of detractors out there who take Lander's satire too seriously and miss the entire point. Yes, you could call this cultural criticism--but it's way more fun than that. The enjoyment of his books comes from reading his entries on messenger bags or heirloom tomatoes or punctuality and thinking to yourself (with a smirk on your face) that you've been nailed. You're guilty as charged.
Some other white people, however, really don't like a lot of the stuff in question; in fact, they may actively hate it. Blue collar types, rednecks, and the like are not likely to recognize themselves in this. The book isn't as funny as I though it was at first, though the shock of self-recognition (that NPR lady from Minneapolis!) is always salutary.
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I don't know if I want to hate this book or love it because it's so scarily accurate. Excuse me while I go reevaluate my life.Published 4 months ago by A Page With A View
Funny book! A lotvof the same information from "What White People Like!"Published 13 months ago by Barbara
So very funny. I'd call friends on the phone while I was reading it and just have to read something from the book to them. Hilarious.Published 18 months ago by S. Stanton
The kind of book that separates people with a sense of humor from people without one.Published on July 15, 2014 by Wayne
The first book was funnier. Although this one has pictures of the white person per region/city, it was too wordy. The first book was more to the point. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by MFF
This is not as good as Stuff White People LIke, but it is still worth reading. This time around the joke is more aimed at hipster behavior rather than "white people" of... Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Judith