“white man shuffle
Derogatory term attributed to caucasians inability to dance with any rhythm. This consists of keeping the feet firmly planted on the ground and pivoting the upper body left and right, often with arms to the sides and bent slightly to permit silent finger snapping.”
Description: This is a laugh-out-loud first novel, but be forewarned: Paul Beatty’s humor is literate, but in- your-face outrageous. The faint of heart (or politically correct) should stay away. The White Boy Shuffle is a gleefully satiric gloss on black history and culture, featuring a main character named Gunnar (as in Myrdal) Kaufman, descendant of Euripides Kaufman, who stood aside and let Crispus Attucks get shot during the Boston Massacre, and Swen Kaufman, who-in an unfortunate reversal- escaped south from freedom into slavery. Elsewhere, it features a character who attends Dred Scott High School, and another who works for the Department of Visual Segregation in Nashville, Tennessee, painting “Whites Only” and “Colored Only” signs.
Genre: African American men
Publisher: Owl Books (NY)
Original Price: $13.00