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

By | February 18, 2018
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Author J. D. Vance
ISBN-10 0062300555
ISBN-13 9780062300553
Year 2018-01-30
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Harper Paperbacks
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From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate a powerfulaccount of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader probing look at the struggles of Americas white working classHillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisisthat of white working class Americans The decline of this group a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years has been reported on 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 Kentuckys Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them They raised a middle class family and eventually their grandchild the author would graduate from Yale Law School a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out we learn that this is only the short superficial version Vances grandparents aunt uncle sister and most of all his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle class life and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse alcoholism poverty and trauma so characteristic of their part of America Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their 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

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