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Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
Christian Lander

Random House, $14/paperback
It's funny and true! We whities do love standing still at concerts, having two last names, watching Wes Anderson movies, learning native wisdom, having black friends and gifted children, laughing at David Sedaris, and eating Asian fusion food. But this list (and the full 150 birthed from Lander's popular blog) in itself only provides a chuckle until you read Lander's brilliantly witty commentary. Take this gem under farmers markets, for instance: "... white people have such strong instincts that if you release a white person into a random Saturday morning they will return to you with a reusable bag full of fruits and vegetables." This self-deprecating, laugh-out-loud compendium strikes so close to accurate that it'll likely assist social anthro-pologists in 100 years. Well, at least the white ones ... Matthew Schniper

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Just Do It
Douglas Brown

Crown Publishers, $21.95/hardcover
Everyone in a committed, long-term relationship should read Just Do It by author and Denver Post feature writer Douglas Brown. On its surface, Just Do It is a book that follows, in explicit detail, the author and his wife through the self-imposed challenge of having sex 101 days in a row. The read is an entertaining romp through their ups and downs (which involve exercise balls, E.R. visits and Viagra). But it's much more than that. Not only is it a book about how couples grow apart, physically and mentally, but it's also a book that explores the most intimate moments two people share and what they look like in a household other than your own. Certainly, this book will give readers some ideas about how to come together in the bedroom, but perhaps more importantly, also real-life reasons why doing so is so important. Kirsten Akens

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My Name is Will:
A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeare
Jess Winfield

Twelve, $23.99/hardcover
I knew within the first chapter that this was going to be one crap-tastic novel. To start, Winfield employs two tired plot devices to anchor his book: a parallel universe linking a contemporary loser with a historical figure, and the merits of drugs and sex. In Winfield's world, Willie (a grad student of Santa Cruz) and William (of Shakespeare) are linked through time and space by mushroom trips that ultimately allow Willie to stumble upon a brilliant thesis for his master's work. But all of this becomes secondary to tales of Willie's vigorous and sleazy sex life. Winfield's writing, admittedly, isn't terrible, but his bludgeoning attempts at plot and character turn desperate. He ends up sounding like your high school drama teacher, trying way too hard to win Shakespeare "cool" points. Edie Adelstein


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