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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance Overview

From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream. Vance’s grandparents we From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream. Vance’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love.” They got married and moved north from Kentucky to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. Their grandchild (the author) graduated from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving upward mobility for their family. But Vance cautions that is only the short version. The slightly longer version is that his grandparents, aunt, uncle, and mother struggled to varying degrees with the demands of their new middle class life and they, and Vance himself, still carry around the demons of their chaotic family history. Delving into his own personal story and drawing on a wide array of sociological studies, Vance takes us deep into working class life in the Appalachian region. This demographic of our country has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, and Vance provides a searching and clear-eyed attempt to understand when and how “hillbillies” lost faith in any hope of upward mobility, and in opportunities to come. At times funny, disturbing, and deeply moving, this is a family history that is also a troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large portion of this country.

J.D. Vance

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

J.D. Vance grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and is a principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm. Vance lives in San Francisco with his wife and two dog

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Original Title Hillbilly Elegy. A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis ISBN 0062300547 (ISBN13: 9780062300546 ) Edition Language English setting Middletown, Ohio (United States) New Haven, Connecticut (United States) Jackson, Kentucky (United States) Literary Awards Ohioana Book Award for About Ohio or an Ohioan (2017), Kirkus Prize Nominee for Nonfiction (2016), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Memoir & Autobiography (2016) (41)