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  • Title: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • Author: J.D. Vance
  • ISBN: 9781504734332
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 Americans The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that haFrom 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 Americans The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside J D Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America J D s grandparents were dirt poor and in love, and 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 the author would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version Vance s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
    Hillbilly Elegy A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis 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 Hillb

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    1. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance is a 2016 Harper publication When I first noticed this book popping up on , I admit the title really threw me I hate that word hillbilly because it sounds derisive and conjures up stereotypes But, then, I noticed the reviews were stellar for the most part, and so I took a closer look Once I finished reading this book, I was stunned I actually shed tears, and nearly talked myself out of leaving a comment at all But, my husband convinced me to at least say my peace, ev [...]

    2. I read this book as an advance galley, long before it became a Thing and I did not read this book because I wanted Vance to explain Trump, though he s somehow been chosen by liberal media as the person to do just that though the handful of interviews I saw seemed like Chris Matthews wanted to pat himself on the back for having a guest with hillbilly cred than actually listening to what Vance had to say I didn t think this book would have mass appeal because no one outside of Appalachia seems to [...]

    3. Very candid account of growing up disadvantaged and white The parallels between his demographic and a historically, systematically marginalized Black America are evident Both populations deserve understanding and empathy, but I tend to think the author thinks his people are somehow noble I would have like to seen an acknowledgment that the two groups should not be antagonistic but work together to achieve mutually beneficial economic goals.

    4. 2016 is the year of Donald Trump, and J.D Vance s Hillbilly Elegy should be at the top of every politico and thought leader s reading list living in the Acela corridor Vance is both an excellent writer and a thoughtful person and when combined with a compelling story, he s able to shed some light on the lives of those living on the other side of the Appalachian Mountains.Let s start with what this book isn t It s not an explanation of why Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, or at least not d [...]

    5. Have you ever wondered what became of the Scotch Irish, who dug America s coal, forged America s steel and built America s automobiles, who worked for the American Dream Monday through Friday prayed to The Good Lord on Sunday, and revered F.D.R and J.F.K every day of the week The last thing I heard, they elected Donald Trump And I am still looking for explanations.If you want somebody who knows Appalachian culture from inside to explain it all to you, I highly recommendHillbilly Elegy by J.D Van [...]

    6. Hell hath no fury like a strong Protestant Work Ethic without work Okay that was my original, but it should have been Vance s Instead, he mostly blamed the poor for being poor, lazy, and generally culpable for all and few choices No wonder anger and angst filled their days and nights, and they needed drugs, alcohol, and violence to trigger some brief if dysfunctional relief Vance was born right after the decades of American prosperity post WWII when if you wanted a job you simply got one Vance s [...]

    7. Possibly the most timely read of the year, here in the United States Not just a sociological view of this group of people I had heard nor read little about, but the experiences of a young man raised in this environment and pulled himself out, though he does acknowledge to receiving much help along the way This book enlightens the reader about the huge disparity in thinking between those making the leas and those receiving the benefits of these laws, which probably hinder than help His story, hi [...]

    8. AudiobookMy local book club will be discussing this book this month I ll be attending I almost took a pass I m really glad I didn t THE CONTROVERSY and DISCUSSIONS from reviews on is already ENGAGING Seriously, I spent time reading through every review and all the comments on THIS BOOK than any book in all my years on My interest elevated and my emotions were entangled The passion of expression from people about this book positive and negative both shook me up in a way that s hard to explain J [...]

    9. People talk about hard work all the time in places like Middletown You can walk through a town where 30 percent of the young men work fewer than twenty hours a week and find not a single person aware of his own laziness.Why is this guy the darling of the talk show circuit right now He thinks his fellow hillbillies just need to work harder Problem solved He thinks because he made it everyone else should be able to do the same He asserts social programs won t help his lazy people but then is short [...]

    10. First and foremost, let me say that I am not a big non fiction reader Every once in a while, I need a change of pace or something catches my eye that isn t my typical smutty romance Sometimes it works out for me and I learn something new Other times, the enlightening read is about as entertaining as having a lobotomy Sadly, this book fell into the latter category for me.I picked up Hillbilly Elegy because the blurb sounded interesting enough and I really don t know much about the Appalachian peo [...]

    11. This is an incredibly fascinating and well done book I think that the thoughts and opinions of the author might be controversial, but he lived through it and saw the good and the bad so I will give him the benefit of the doubt on how he sees things after the way he grew up When I saw the name, I figured this would be reading about a real life Deliverance esque town However, this is about how a boy develops into a man when dealing with being raised by a family with a Hillbilly background The set [...]

    12. I set dozens of reading goals for 2017, but I won t bore you with all of them However, this book helped me accomplish two reading goals this year 1 Read better books2 Read nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can t recommend it enough It hit me pretty hard at times I mean, I wouldn t consider myself a hillbilly, but i did grow up in the suburbs of Nashville, and I m honestly not too far removed from some of the family members depicted in the book I [...]

    13. I ll be honest I didn t totally finish the book before giving up I hear Vance on NPR and the story caught my attention Yet, what I thought would be a better analysis of American economics and poverty proved to be very different It s one of those conservative love stories of I got my shit together so everyone can While I respect the struggle Vance had, I also believe it s a very naive picture of what is going on It explains why people FEEL a way It does not explain the systemic issues that are al [...]

    14. One way our upper class can promote upward mobility, then, is not only by pushing wise public policies but by opening their hearts and minds to the newcomers who don t quite belong J.D Vance, Hillbilly Elegy A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis my dad s father center on the stairs , uncle, and other workers during harvest The writing and conclusions of this book are probably a 3 star, but emotionally this is a 4 star book for me thus my vacillating between 34 stars J.D Vance is my father R [...]

    15. J.D Vance s grandparents set the basis for this life story They move from the hills of Kentucky to Ohio chasing a better life J.D s life is in both places He does live a life that is very familiar here in the southeast His real dad gives him up, he is told by his mom and Mamaw that his dad doesn t want him any He is adopted by one of his mother s many men Who also ends up leaving J.D s mom is a revolving door of different men I m not judging her as I see this lifestyle taking place around me dai [...]

    16. I didn t really want to read J.D Vance s Hillbilly Elegy, but it sort of felt like a car crash you know is right in front of you It s tough to keep your eyes closed and not peek Even before I opened the book, I reflected that the hillbilly culture Vance describes as in crises is the same culture that was in crisis 100 years ago I wondered whether there was something about these people my people as it turns out who just need to act out every so often and make sure they re noticed There were some [...]

    17. A well written, thoughtful statement about our culture where we are now, how we got here and where we could be going.I identify closely with the author both of us were born poor and from divorced parents, both benefited from military service and both found a way to get through law school coincidentally even though I am fifteen years Vance s senior and am closer in age to his mother, he and I were in Iraq at the same time and both worked for military pubic affairs and both took part in civil affa [...]

    18. Three month non ranty political review time is ovvvvvvvvvvvvvvver Woo Hoo Loooooook out Beeoooootcheeees I know you real Americans hate being called stupid, but you gotta meet me half way and stop being stupid Bill MaherMy empathy level for stupid Americans has diminished this last year I have un friended a few people I once thought to be good, intelligent, and sane This year has opened my eyes to an ugliness and a selfishness in people that I never imagined existed in so many And that doesn t m [...]

    19. Poverty is in the eye of the beholder My father grew up in the hollers of West Virginia in a small town that hasn t changed very much if at all since he lived there Oh, wait They changed the name of the street he grew up on from Pennsylvania Avenue to something sounding less presidential Other than that, I d be surprised if anything had changed His grandfather built the house he grew up in when my grandfather was a little boy in short britches It was a big jump up from living on the family farm [...]

    20. When I bought this book I didn t really read the title closely so I really just assumed it said Hillbilly Energy and so I like assumed it was going to be something about solar energy on farms, I don t know I have a presumption problem clearly, so I was kind of confused when I started to read the book I really did enjoy the book though and I felt Vance was insightful The only thing is he seems to start to lose steam by the end of the book but ending books is always harder than beginning them It s [...]

    21. A twitter storm this summer brought this book to my attention I read several articles and interviews with Vance before managing to get my hands on a copy That circuitous introduction led me to expect some kind of treatise on working class attitudes, so at first I experienced the work through the distorting lens of others interpretations This book is not any kind of treatise It is a brave, funny, unsentimental growing up story, introducing us to a cussin gun brandishing grandmaw who knew instilli [...]

    22. HILLBILLY ELEGIST YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGONMa lives in the hollerway back yander thare plays the fiddle and singsjust like Emmy Lou.Mamaw chews tobaccoand spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup.even in front of company pa was a coal minerand beats us younguns cus he meaner than a polecatand a little touchedwhen he is drunker than Cootey Brown.We refused welfare don t believe in eatinghigh on the hog,so I picked my poor self upand so can y all just go ou [...]

    23. This was my world a world of truly irrational behavior We spend our way into the poorhouse We buy giant TVs and iPadsThrift is inimical to our beingOur homes are a chaotic mess We scream and yell at each other like we re spectators at a football game At least one member of the family uses drugsAt especially stressful times, we ll hit and punch each other, all in front of the rest of the family, including young childrenWe don t study as children, and we don t make our kids study when we re parent [...]

    24. I am really not impressed by the author s hillbilly credentials He writes a memoir at 31 for starters If you have not read this you may be disappointed as I was because he did NOT grow up in the hills and hollers of Kentucky His grandmother s family did and she left there for small town Ohio at the ripe old age of 13 He even changed his name to Vance which is one of his ancient ancestors who was part of the Hatfield and McCoy clan So much of what he shares is hand me down stories from his grandp [...]

    25. I listened to the audio of Hillbilly Elegies J.D Vance reads it himself I found it moving and captivating, but I m not quite sure what my take away is and I ve decided that that doesn t really matter because Vance is an interesting guy with a really interesting story to tell He was born in Ohio, but his grandparents were originally from the hills of Kentucky He refers to them as hillbillies , painting a complex demographic picture of his family and background Vance grew up mostly with his grandp [...]

    26. Intense memoir of J.D Vance s childhood and eventual rise It reminded me of Angela s Ashes except that instead of Ireland, it took place in Kentucky Ohio and the drug of choice was prescription pills rather than alcohol I was astonished that J.D not only survived, but thrived He credits his grandparents with saving his life, but a lot of different factors came together at the right time to propel him out of his dead end hometown This is that story.In his own words Whatever talents I have, I almo [...]

    27. I loved reading about Vance s family, about his Appalachian roots, and his rust belt childhood His grandparents Mamaw and Papaw are phenomenally drawn characters There are plenty of cliches in the writing, but Vance is an observant and sincere guide.Like Vance s grandparents, my dad s grandparents were also Scots Irish from Kentucky who migrated to the Midwest to move up the socioeconomic ladder Also like Vance, my dad was the first of his family to attend college and is a staunch conservative, [...]

    28. A good friend of mine told me I had to read this if I wanted to understand how Donald Trump won the election But that s not to say this is a political book Part memoir and part social treatise, the book attempts to explain the mindset of the poor whites of the Appalachian Midwest geographic area Mostly Scotch Irish, they are a proud people with a split mindset when it comes to beliefs vs actions, especially concerning work ethic, religion and the value of education J.D Vance basically goes beyon [...]

    29. I am not quite as enad of this book as a lot of people It tells this young man s story of his journey out of poverty and violence into the world of an elite pursuer of the American Dream He had luck, intelligence, and a Mamaw and Papaw who cared enough to help him along The Marine Corp was another catalyst into the good life He was smart enough to use all these things as a way out of a downward spiral.I m not sure where the idea that this book explains Donald Trump s rise came from, but I didn t [...]

    30. I am a hill person So is much of America s white working class And we hill people aren t doing very well.Americans call them hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash I call them neighbors, friends, and family J.D VanceJ.D Vance grew up in the town of Middletown, Ohio However, his grandparents were originally from Jackson, Kentucky, a coal mining town in the Appalachian area of the state, and had migrated to Middletown in 1947 so that his grandfather could take a job in the Armco steel mill Their mo [...]

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