Hillbilly Elegy : A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J. D. Vance
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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A SUNDAY TIMES best-selling waterstones the non-fiction Book of the Month (June) Non-Fiction Magazine’s Time Top 10 front page Non-Fiction Book of 2016 that WILL BE BETWEEN A Movie “The Political Book of the Year “Sunday Times”, You will no longer read any more important book on America this year ” Economist Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in the United States.The decline of this group, a demographic group of our country that has been disintegrating more than forty years ago, have been reported with increasing frequency and alarm, but has never been written about as searingly from within.JDVance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and declining class feels like when you were born with it, hanging around your neck.The Vance family story begins hopefully, in post-war America.JDgrandparents were “poor filth and in love,” and displaced people in the northern Kentucky Appalachia region of Ohio, hoping to escape the terrible poverty around them.They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandson (author) would have graduated from the Yale Law School, a classic marker of their success in achieving generations of increasing mobility.But as Hillbilly Élégie’s family saga plays, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version of Hillbilly Élégie.Vance grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, more than anything else, her mother, has struggled deeply with the demands of their new class living environment, and have never managed to totally escape the legacy of violence, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma is so characteristic of their part of America.Vance piercingly shows how he is always around the demons of their chaotic family history.A moving memory with its share of h
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