A Memoir of A Family and Culture in CrisisBook - 2016
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Blending his memoir of a Rust Belt upbringing with social analysis, Vance searches for an understanding of the struggles of his own people, America’s white working class, and their absence from the “American dream.”
Nonfiction finalist. 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.
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Other: Topics: Inequality, Race, Religion, Education, Mental Health (Substance Abuse)
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In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck. A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.
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