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Food Court Druids, Cherohonkees and Other Creatures Unique to The Republic
Synopses & Reviews
Metrosexuals, Rejuveniles, and Straight-Shooters beware — the same team who created The Hipster Handbook is back with an even more hysterical, dead-on assessment of contemporary America.
With a gimlet eye and scathingly accurate descriptions, Food Court Druids, Cherohonkees, and Other Creatures Unique to the Republic is a hilarious collection of newly classified yet instantly recognizable archetypes sure to enter the mainstream lexicon. From the office TGIF (the overgrown frat boy in the office who always says "party") to the Lieberal (a Democrat with Republican sympathies), from Uncle Tomatoes (Italians who hate The Sopranos) to Cherohonkees (white Baby Boomers who dress like Native Americans), each profile offers a detailed description of everything from sex appeal and favorite pick-up lines to popular names and habitats. The result is both a brilliant parody and thorough outing of just about every neurosis, attribute, and personality type there is.
"Lanham, author of The Hipster Handbook and creator and editor of the Web site www.freewilliamsburg.com, extends his anthropological examination of Americans beyond trendy Brooklyn neighborhoods to the entire country, where Yanknecks ('rebel-flag-waving rednecks who live outside the South'), Sigmund Fruits ('people who insist on telling you about their dreams') and others have existed thus far without being formally studied by 'idiosyncrologists' like Lanham and his team. Presented with the authoritative tone of a serious anthropological study, complete with an Idio Rank Scale that assesses the weirdness of each type, many of Lanham's profiles are hilariously accurate descriptions of co-workers, family members, friends and other acquaintances that almost every American has encountered at some point in their lives. There are the Cornered Rabid Office Workers (CROWs), who 'claim to be poets or playwrights' when discussing their work with strangers, 'even if they just spent the last nine hours doing data entry on the McFlannery acquisition,' and Hexpatriates, Americans who decry everything about America yet never actually leave the country (and who 'refer to the Loews multiplex at the mall as 'the cinema' and the Motel Six by Hardees as 'the pensión''). Illustrations by Jeff Bechtel, depicting the fashion sense of Holidorks (people who wear holiday-themed clothing) and Skants (women with shapely butts who always wear spandex pants), enhance Lanham's characterizations. Though sometimes overly snarky or clearly just fishing for laughs-surely no Silver Surfers (sexually enthusiastic senior citizens) use the pickup line 'So, baby, what HMO plan do you use?'-Lanham's book offers an amusing overview of some of the quirkier folks that can be found across the country." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
With scathingly accurate descriptions, the authors of The Hipster Handbook present this new hilarious collection of hysterical, dead-on assessments of contemporary American archetypes, including "metrosexuals," "rejuveniles," and "straight-shooters." Illustrations.
About the Author
Robert Lanham is the author of the bestselling The Hipster Handbook and editor in chief of freewilliamsburg.com. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, and Time Out New York.
Jeff Bechtel illustrated the bestseller The Hipster Handbook. His art has appeared in many major magazines.
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