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

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 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 From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that ...

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Title:Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
Author:J.D. Vance
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Number of Pages:257 pages pages

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

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Sep 22, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

  • Cheri
    Nov 10, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

    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 tha...

    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 p...

  • Jessica
    Jan 22, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

  • Elyse
    Nov 05, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Dec 10, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

    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 tha...

  • Trish
    Oct 04, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

    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 tha...

    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 p...

    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 t...

    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...

  • Laurie Halse  Anderson
    Dec 27, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

  • Elizabeth
    Oct 03, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

  • Justin
    Jan 29, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

  • Esil
    Feb 03, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

    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 tha...

    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 p...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 smal...

    "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 ...

    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 c...

    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 ...

  • J.L.   Sutton
    Nov 29, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

  • Liz
    Jan 06, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

    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 tha...

    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 p...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 smal...

    "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 ...

    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 c...

    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 ...

    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 g...

  • Diane S ☔
    Jun 03, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

  • MomToKippy
    Oct 01, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

    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 tha...

    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 p...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 smal...

  • Jessaka
    Jan 14, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

  • Julie
    Oct 22, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

  • Lyn
    Feb 20, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

  • Delee
    Apr 08, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

  • Diane Barnes
    Nov 29, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

    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 tha...

    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 p...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 smal...

    "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 ...

    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 c...

    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 ...

    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 g...

    I am not quite as enamored 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 Mari...

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    Oct 06, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

    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 tha...

    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 p...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 smal...

    "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 ...

    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 c...

  • Rebecca Robinson
    Jun 29, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

  • Jennifer
    Oct 01, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

    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 tha...

    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 p...

    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 t...

    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...

    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 smal...

    "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 ...

  • Jon
    Jun 29, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

  • Matthew
    Oct 26, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

  • Candace
    Jul 20, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

  • Lauren Cecile
    Jan 13, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

  • Darwin8u
    Apr 11, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

  • Pouting Always
    Jan 25, 2017

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

    HILLBILLY ELEGIST: YOUR BOOK SMELLS BAD ENOUGH TO KNOCKA BUZZARD OFF A SHIT WAGON Ma lives in the holler way back yander thar. she plays the fiddle and sings just like Emmy Lou. Mamaw chews tobacco and spits the wad right in her old Styrofoam cup. even in front of company....

    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 books 2. Read more nonfiction This book, while difficult to read at times, is an important book, and I can't recom...

    This books had so much more depth than I expected and honestly, I am more than a little overwhelmed. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. J.D. Vance, an ex-marine, a Yale law school graduate and self-proclaimed hil...

    I grew up in a similar community.... wanted to like this book, but I lost all respect for it because the author didn't discuss the enormous issue of racism in the context of rural white poverty. A cowardly omission. ...

    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...

    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 la...

    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 Maher My empathy level for stupid Americans has di...

    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 t...

    ?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 fa...

    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 tha...

    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 p...

    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 t...

  • Christy
    Dec 10, 2016

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

  • Miranda Reads
    Apr 26, 2018

    Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance is a 2016 Harper publication. When I first noticed this book popping up on Goodreads, 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 stel...

    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 more like Chris Matth...

    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 m...

    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 ...

    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 wee...

    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 da...

    ...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...

    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 ...

    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 mu...

    Audiobook My 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 Goodreads is already ENGAGING!!!! Seriously, I spent more time reading through every review ...

    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 ...

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