Hillbilly Elegy - J. D. Vance
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a
culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The
disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring
now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency
and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the
inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional,
and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your
The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America.
J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from
Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the
dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and
eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law
School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational
upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy
plays out, we learn that J.D.'s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and,
most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their
new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse,
alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of
America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries
around the demons of his chaotic family history.
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.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 1, 2018)
MY THOUGHTS: This is my book club book for August. Do you believe Hillbilly's is a cultural thing? Well, I was married to a hillbilly for 48 years. My hubby was a Kentuckian. He moved to Indiana, got a job, and had friends. According to this book. The working class of America is in crisis. My husband were among that class of people. And believe me, it is a fact that the middle class families have a hard time making a living.....not because they don't work, it's because the money they make is so low you live from pay check to pay check. You can't get ahead of the game. This author takes you into the middle of this crisis. Really awesome book. I give this book 5......
This book is for 2 of my reading challenges......
Library Love Challenge
Outdo Yourself Challnege