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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir
Hillbilly Elegy A Memoir
Author: J. D. Vance
J. D. Vance's grandparents 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 their grandchild would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. However, Vance's f...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781504734332
ISBN-10: 1504734335
Publication Date: 6/28/2016
Pages: 1
Edition: Unabridged
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Book Type: Audio CD
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover
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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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