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Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Hillbilly Elegy : A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

by J. D Vance

   hillbillyelegy                                     A story of one family with broad ramifications for our society, Vance’s memoir details the 40-year decline of American white working-class culture from an insider’s perspective. His account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town vividly illustrates the loss of upwarmobility and the dimming of the American dream for certain segments of our population. The Vance family history began hopefully in postwar America when J.D.’s grandparents moved from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio to escape the pervasive poverty around them. To casual observers they seemed successful: they raised a middle-class family and their grandchild, J.D., graduated from Yale Law School. But beneath that superficia veneer of prosperity, the clan struggled with the demands of their new lifestyle and never really escaped from the legacy of chaos, abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma of theirpast. “Both heartbreaking and heartwarming…” (Library Journal)      




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