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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE
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"You will not read a more important book about
America this year."—The Economist
"A riveting book."—The Wall
Brooks, New York
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 neck.
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.
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.
November 24, 2018Truly validates the struggles I am going through in my life. The book beautifully illustrates the breaking of cycles that I will not pass on to my children and the pains that makes us much more similar rather than different. Read it, love it, do it, teach it.
June 11, 2019This is such a great book. This is actually being filmed at my hometown right know. Can't wait to see it on screen too!
June 2, 2019an eye opener to another way of life . Well written and easy to read. definitely recommend
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