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Dear White People : A Guide to Inter-Racial Harmony in "Post-Racial" America
by Justin Simien and Ian O'Phelan


Overview - *Now a Netflix Original Series*

In the satirical tradition of the New York Times bestseller Stuff White People Like comes this witty companion book to the "incredibly entertaining" ( Indiewire ) film of the same name, which "heralds a fresh and funny new voice" ( Variety ).  Read more...


 
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Overview
*Now a Netflix Original Series*

In the satirical tradition of the New York Times bestseller Stuff White People Like comes this witty companion book to the "incredibly entertaining" (Indiewire) film of the same name, which "heralds a fresh and funny new voice" (Variety).

Right out of college, Justin Simien wrote a screenplay about the nuanced experiences of four black students on a predominantly white college campus. The film, Dear White People, garnered a Sundance Award for "Breakthrough Talent" and has been hailed by critics everywhere. Channeling the sensibility of the film into this book, Simien will keep you laughing with his humorous observations, even if you haven't seen the satiric film.

News Flash--the minimum number of black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised to two. Rather than panic, readers are advised to purchase a copy of Dear White People. Whether you are a dear white person wondering why your black office mate is avoiding eye contact with you after you ran your fingers through her hair, or you're a black nerd who has to break it to your white friends that you've never seen The Wire, this myth-busting, stereotype-diffusing guide to a post-Obama world has something for you

With decision-making trees to help you decide when it's the right time to wear Blackface (hint: probably never) and quizzes to determine whether you've become the Token Black Friend(TM), Dear White People is the ultimate silly-yet-authoritative handbook to help the curious and confused navigate racial microaggressions in their daily lives.

Based on the eponymous, award-winning film, which has been lauded as "a smart, hilarious satire," this tongue-in-cheek guide is a must-have that anybody who is in semi-regular contact with black people can't afford to miss

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781476798097
  • ISBN-10: 1476798095
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 149
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds


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Books > Humor > Form - Parodies
Books > Humor > Form - Essays

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-11-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

Simien, writer/director of the film of the same name as this seriously funny book at times cuts close to the bone for readers of any skin tone. Simien's declared purpose is to present something "primarily meant for entertainment purposes, so as to covertly lull you into thinking critically." Brief chapters offer advice and clarification ranging from "Please Stop Touching My Hair" to "We Don't Know Why Kanye West Did That." Interspersed within the chapters are "Black Myth Busters," quizzes, flowcharts, and charts to help readers decipher micro-aggressions or decide whether they may use the N-word. Simien asserts repeatedly that, despite wishes to the contrary, racism is still embedded in assumptions and institutions throughout the culture. His humor primarily rests on the absurdity of racial stereotypes and racist behaviors, introducing the difficult, even painful, truth that lies at the heart of all great comedy. Agent: Jay Mandel, William Morris Endeavor. (Nov.)

 
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