Title: Hillbilly Elegy
Authors: Vance, J D
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 257
Year: 2016
Publisher: William Collins Books
Language: English
Description: In this internationally bestselling memoir and passionate analysis of a culture in crisis, 'Hillbilly'-born Yale Law graduate J.D. Vance takes a probing look at America's white working class through his own experiences growing up.

The book tells a true story of what social, regional and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck. As his family's saga plays out, the book shows how J.D.'s grandparents, aunt, sister and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty and trauma.

Writing with piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history. Hillbilly Elegy is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American Dream for a large segment of the population. [Taken from book blurb, Harper Collins]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Easy to read and very thought provoking. Great book to discuss."

"This is a well written, funny and deeply moving book."

"It's great that Vance made it to Yale and was able to choose a different path for himself. Sad however that there's such a large community that's been overlooked."

"An insightful look at the community and culture of a Kentucky region."

"Well written story of a very sad child growing up in a violent household."

"The writing has an authentic ring to it – it's fluent but unpolished. It sounds like a real person trying to explain what they have come to realise."

"As you get into the book you realise that J D Vance shouldn't have 'made it' in today's world – it's remarkable he has."

"Vance talks about how the hillbilly community has lost hope in becoming upwardly mobile, how state aid isn't helping and they feel victims of present day society thereby missing out on opportunities – they'll make the same poor choices their parents made."

Categories: Non fiction, Community, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Family Saga, Social commentary/perspectives, 2019 Titles


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