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

di J. D. Vance

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Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an 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. 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. 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.… (altro)
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Well-written, and simply fascinating story of a hidden culture and the authori's transforming journey beyond it. ( )
  pstokes71 | Jul 5, 2024 |
"This was my world: a world of truly irrational behavior. We spend our way into the poorhouse. We buy giant TVs and iPads...Thrift is inimical to our being...Our 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 drugs...At especially stressful times, we'll hit and punch each other, all in front of the rest of the family, including young children...We don't study as children, and we don't make our kids study when we're parents. Our kids perform poorly at school. We might get angry with them, but we never give them the tools -- like peace and quiet at home -- to succeed....We choose not to work when we should be looking for jobs. Sometimes we'll get a job, but it won't last. We'll get fired for tardiness, or for stealing merchandise and selling it on eBay, or for having a customer complain about the smell of alcohol on our breath, or for taking five thirty-minute restroom breaks per shift. We talk about the value of hard work but tell ourselves that the reason we're not working is some perceived unfairness: Obama shut down the coal mines, or all the jobs went to the Chinese...We talk to our children about responsibility, but we never walk the walk."

I've been waiting to read this of-the-moment book, and grabbed it when I saw it on my library's Speed Read shelf. As I started reading it, I realized it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I was expecting something that was part memoir, part social history, but this book is almost entirely memoir.

I read this book specifically looking for insight into the lives angry, white, working-class population that comprises Donald Trump's base. On that measure, I can't say that I come away from the book with any better understanding than I had at the beginning. No aha! moments aside from own hypotheses going into the book. Perhaps something more academic like [b:White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America|27209433|White Trash The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America|Nancy Isenberg|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1453059367s/27209433.jpg|47250924] would provide more answers. ( )
  jj24 | May 27, 2024 |
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  keithhamblen | May 27, 2024 |
It’s weird to read autobiography of a 40-yr-old. It starts off rather mundane but picks up nicely as you get further along. ( )
  br77rino | May 25, 2024 |
Strange to have read this and related closely to the author’s experiences, yet come to such different political and ethical perspectives than he touts on social media. One of those books that I wish I hadn’t looked into the author so much because it kind of ruined the read for me. ( )
  womanhollering | May 21, 2024 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Vance, J. D.Autoreautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Carlson-Stanisic, LeahDesignerautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Heuvelmans, TonTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Raynaud, VincentTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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My name is J. D. Vance, and I think I should start with a confession: I find the existence of the book you hold in your hands somewhat absurd.
Like most small children, I learned my home address so that if I got lost, I could tell a grown-up where to take me.
[Afterword] Many people, especially those who know me well, have asked me to describe my life since Hillbilly Elegy was published about two years ago.
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Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an 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. 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. 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.

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