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    JEK is offline JEK's Avatar Senior Insider Joined: Jan 2004
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    Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    It has been on the NYT top for a long time and is an important read this time of year. Just finished it yesterday.

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    stbartshopper is offline stbartshopper's Avatar SBH Insider Joined: Dec 2013
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    Re: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    Through their struggles it is interesting to see them realize their power one by one of their votes- one could argue maybe- only in our country. Their voices are not solicited or heard in all of the 'hoopla' when they speak but they were heard loud and clear on November 8th.

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    marybeth is offline marybeth's Avatar SBH Insider Joined: May 2004
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    Re: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    I'm waiting for my turn from the library. Hoping I'll have it for SBH.

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    JEK is offline JEK's Avatar Senior Insider Joined: Jan 2004
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    Re: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    I'll make you a family member on Kindle and you will have it tonight
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    marybeth is offline marybeth's Avatar SBH Insider Joined: May 2004
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    Re: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    Too funny, I just saw this. Wish I did earlier, because I just finished the book yesterday. Afterward I did some online reading to get other's opinions. My mixed feelings were confirmed by other reviewers on my favorite book site: Goodreads. Certainly the memoir stuff was interesting but the social commentary was thin on substance IMHO. One my favorite reviews described it as 80% earnest memoir and 20% humblebrag.

    He does capture that poor working class mentality. I spent 18 years in a rural central PA school district that exhibits many of the same qualities as Appalachia. So if you want to learn more about this demographic, and how one young man made his way out of the poverty cycle, its a decent read.

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    dadto6 is offline dadto6's Avatar SBH Member Joined: Aug 2013
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    Re: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    Welcome back Hopper

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    marybeth is offline marybeth's Avatar SBH Insider Joined: May 2004
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    Re: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    Quote Originally Posted by dadto6 View Post
    Welcome back Hopper
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    amyb is offline amyb's Avatar SBH Insider Joined: Apr 2008
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    Re: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    Starting this one. For Appalachia setting read Rick Bragg's EVA'S MAN and ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTING
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    tim is offline tim's Avatar Moderator Joined: Jun 2003
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    Re: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    HILLBILLY ELEGY is loaded on my Nook and is next in line.
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    marybeth is offline marybeth's Avatar SBH Insider Joined: May 2004
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    Re: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    I'll be interested to hear both of your thoughts.

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    amyb is offline amyb's Avatar SBH Insider Joined: Apr 2008
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    Re: Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

    Just finished it.


    Amazing that Vance rose from this environment to become a lawyer. Aim high, and you will never fall short. I liked the Bragg books more. Vance's story is heartbreaking and a little heartwarming too.

    He owes much to the United States Marine Corps and The Ohio State University. Most meaningful was the role and sanctuary his loving grandparents provided in his nightmarish childhood.
    Remember Yesterday, Dream About Tomorrow, But Live Today.

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