A Memoir of A Family and Culture in CrisisBook - 2016
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kkoenigc Oct 11, 2017
Mr. Vance shows us firsthand what it is like growing up in Appalachia and why it is so hard for someone who grew up as he did to succeeed.
Vance shares the story of his family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.
lindab1111 Nov 17, 2016
A personal memoir of a young man who grows up in a poor, white working-class family in Ohio. The author also takes a broader look at the working-class culture of Appalachia. Vance is a self-described "hillbilly" who overcomes huge cultural challenges to become a Yale Law School graduat... Read More »
AnnabelleLee27 Oct 09, 2016
Memoir examining the idea and impact of social mobility in America. Vance's family straddles Kentucky and Ohio over several generations. Lots of interesting ideas and information - well worth reading to understand social mobility and its impact on working class whites today. Vance did not exami... Read More »
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Other: Topics: Inequality, Race, Religion, Education, Mental Health (Substance Abuse)
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In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck. A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
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