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 Silverman's "subversive" comedy and Wes Anderson's "droll" films.
They're also down with diversity and up on all the best microbrews, breakfast spots, foreign cinema, and authentic sushi. They're organic, ironic, and do not own TVs.
You know who they are: They're white people. And they're here, and you're gonna have to deal. Fortunately, here's a book that investigates, explains, and offers advice for finding social success with the Caucasian persuasion. So kick back on your IKEA couch and lose yourself in the ultimate guide to the unbearable whiteness of being.
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Good Within the First Few Minutes...
I only listened to the demo--and it's totally true!! We break away from nomal socitety by joining a weirder society where everyone thinks it's normal to be different and have a dog collar around your neck! So in a way, we become normal by being different! Surreal and freaky, huh?
Right. I thought I knew what the word fact meant, but apparently I was wrong. According to this book, fact means anything that the author felt like writing because he thought it was funny enough to get the book sold. So just observe some odd and quirky stereotypes on any race whether they're true or not and write a book on them claiming them as fact, and you got a hit.
What were they thinking when they included the last chapter???
Quickie review: Pretty funny, some chapters were extra funny, some fell flat. Overall worth a read. As others have mentioned a more accurate title should be "Stuff Rich White Liberals Like (See also Hipsters)"
The reason I wrote the review: Just because it is in the printed book does NOT mean it should be in the audio book. It ends with a quiz/survey where you rate your "Whiteness", which probably works okay in written form. In audio book form it amounts to a 140-ish long list of the chapter titles you just heard "...31 snowboarding...32 architecture...35...The Daily Show...." followed by instructions for scoring your quiz. Extremely tedious and pointless when read aloud. Feels like they included it just to pad the length of the audio book.