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    Adversity

    It appears to me that every group that has worked hard and succeeded by that work becomes complacent and declines and another gets their chance to rise to the top. Vance relates the decline of his Irish Scots people with no easy solution.
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    Staddles right and left

    Intensely honest insightful gripping memoir. There is no way to make generalizations out of Vances experience. I was changed by it.
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    Hillbilly elgy

    What a wonderful and eye-opening book. I am a Canadian and have the same roots Scott Irerish back ground the only difference is I live in Canada so I now and seen similarities that J. D. Vance, life was like I my self experienced and saw around me. So I think there is a little bit of hillbilly in most people that are from my background and ones that are Scott, Irish. Loved the honesty of is bookable great read.
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    Very compelling

    Excellent first person story with insightful opinions. Intelligently discusses one of the most troubling issues of the present era in our country. From my limited experience (of 2 yrs only) it realistically depicts one aspect of the Appalachia experience.
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    Life Among the Other Half

    An exceptionally gripping read. A grandson growing up in Ohio writes of life with a disfunctional mother, beloved grandparents who do not live together, and hillbilly relatives in eastern Kentucky. Vance narrates a story that enables readers to understand life and values in hardscrabble Appalachia.
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