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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir
Hillbilly Elegy A Memoir
Author: J. D. Vance
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class — Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis -- that of white working-class American...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062300546
ISBN-10: 0062300547
Publication Date: 6/28/2016
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 83 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 8
Having been born in Hillbilly country myself, I had to read this book and see just what it was all about. I can relate to some of the circumstances that J. D. writes about and to a degree he and I have similar lives, but I did not go to Harvard Law School, but I did escape the circumstances that surround this Hillbilly culture. However, I too still embrace the significance of having grown up in this culture. Its a warmly, refreshing and heartwarming story and the author takes great pride in his heritage, as do I.
If you (or someone you love dearly) are from this culture, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
Being a native Kentuckian, I thought it was really well done. Captivating, not textbook-y (but he does manage to throw a few useful statistics in there), and pretty darn telling. My social work self wants to take this further, but as a memoir, this is fine. This is good and this will open people's eyes. This is his lived experience - and I think he also nails it in regards to the hillbilly culture in some ways. There is this desire to be fiercely independent, and yet is increasing not independent.

A quick read for me.
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