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Hillbilly Elegy- A memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis-2017-2018, UW-Madison Common Reading Program
Hillbilly Elegy- A memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis-2017-2018 UW-Madison Common Reading Program
Author: 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. ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062839831
ISBN-10: 0062839837
Pages: 264
Edition: 1st
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Hillbilly Elegy- A memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis-2017-2018, UW-Madison Common Reading Program on + 156 more book reviews
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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