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Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis (utgåvan 2016)

av J. D. Vance

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Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America.… (mer)
Medlem:SLOlson
Titel:Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis
Författare:J. D. Vance
Info:New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
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The location and major cast members are different, and the outcomes are different, but this is also my story. While Vance is is from the hillbilly rust belt, I'm from the redneck logging communities of the PNW. I found this story so familiar, moving and important. His story is of family, suffering, triumph and upward mobility. It's such a delicate love story for the American dream and overcoming obstacles to move from poverty into something more. It's about survival and strife. It's so many of our stories. It's also delicately sprinkled with factoids and understanding for poverty stricken underlings. This story is so important. ( )
  battlearmanda | Nov 30, 2021 |
Read at the suggestion of my daughter when in August 2016 she told me "I think Trump is going to win. You should read Hillbilly Elegy." Vance puts together an emotionally affecting memoir combined with a sociological "dissection" of a poorly-understood part of America, one that ended up with enough political power to bring on Armageddon. God help us. ( )
  Octavia78 | Nov 28, 2021 |
An interesting, and often times heart wrenching, look into a segment of society oft overlooked. I'd recommend this book to anyone who doesn't personally know someone who could have been featured or mentioned in this book. While I think the author is at times a little on the nose with his political leanings, the opening chapters really give you a good sense of what his life was like. I can understand why people would mention it in the same sentence at Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World in Me, as they are both stories of people's often fraught lives, but I don't totally feel comfortable conflating these two. A good read nonetheless and one that reminds me of the broader society we live in. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
I put this one off for a long time.

For context: I read this right after finishing Alienated America by Tim Carney, the same year I discovered Thomas Sowell, and the same year that I read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates, Carol Swain's The New White Nationalism in America and the same calendar year that a mob stormed the capitol building in DC.

All of these books are still digesting in my head. I'm not sure that they will ever create a concrete opinion of a potential solution.

However, here are some things that I do believe.

Sharon McMahon posted once that there are too many "buts" in our speech/dialogues. I'm beginning to agree. This is DEFINITELY over-simplifying, and probably not quite correct, but it's like two women. One argues that she deserves sympathy because she has had miscarriage after miscarriage. The other says "but" and proceeds to divulge that she cannot even get pregnant so she deserves the sympathy. It is only when you change the word to "and" that both can mourn together. It's only when you change the word to "and" that the resources for sympathy and co-grieving are magnified and can be enough for both. The metaphor isn't perfect but I feel like she is right. No one has a monopoly on suffering.

It is beneficial to look at big pictures AND up-close-and-personal ones. After all, those numbers that people combine are really individuals. There is a benefit to studying both the individual and the culture.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not sure I am an unbiased reader. You see, some of the effects of emotional and physical abuse are present in my family tree and their diluted side-effects have not yet been eradicated. Similarly the shortage of nice things on one side of the family has led to a hoarding of the same. At one point in the book I recognized someone I knew so clearly that I cried. And they were not pretty tears. They were a complex combination of emotions that I still haven't dissected completely.

Finally, I won't be rating this. I am uncomfortable with rating memoirs. Particularly when the story is unfinished, as most stories are.

EDIT: A couple of events in the past few days have reminded me of this valuable fact. You can spend your life looking for poster-children that exemplify your theories, or you can take people as you find them and, if you ever get a break from getting to know(and preferably love) them, you can theorize at that point. Now to put it into practice. And, no. I won't be watching the show.
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Fantastic book! Great suggestions on changes in neighborhoods and legislation that can better serve people. His meemaw sounds amazing and would be proud of him ( )
  Jinxii | Aug 10, 2021 |
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My name is J. D. Vance, and I think I should start with a confession: I find the existence of the book you hold in your hands somewhat absurd.
Like most small children, I learned my home address so that if I got lost, I could tell a grown-up where to take me.
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Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America.

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