Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy : A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance, 272 pages

This biography tells how a Kentucky hillbilly, raised in Ohio (yet still a Kentucky hillbilly) went against the odds of both his upbringing and his environment to become a military veteran and a Yale Law graduate. Raised by many a father, a physically and mentally absent addict mother, and an always steady grandmother and sister, J.D. could have taken the track many have in his position. But seeing the hard-working example of his hillbilly grandfather, he knew he had to work to get out of his situation that wasn't of his making. His trials along the way helped him form his opinions on rural living and politics. A fascinating read. 

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