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  • A journey worth taking

    An amazingly frank account of a childhood rich in ways most of us would never imagine, though without so much that we take for granted. Tremendous insight into the challenges faced by the White Underclass hidden from view in the US.

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  • Poor boy makes good.

    I loved this book. It is so topical and explains a lot about why the US is in the mess it is in with their current leader. It also explains why some people in troubled circumstances are successful in life and why many aren’t. Congrats JD. Good job.

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  • Hillbilly elegy

    What an incredible book! I share little with the author in terms of cultural background, yet his words resonated strongly with me as they so clearly parallel my own life.

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  • Fascinating!

    “Americans call them hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash. I call them neighbors, friends, and family,” J.D. Vance writes in Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Few reads are as compelling as this one. Using his childhood as an example, Vance shows the reader the plight of white working class Americans. Rather then a dusty treatise on the topic, this is a riveting account that teaches much through the power of story, although it is littered with language. Vance outlines the decline of working class jobs, and how that has led the “hillbillies” into cycles of poverty. Once there, many don’t know the resources or methods to lift themselves out of poverty and improve their lives, neither do they think they have the ability to do so. Vance illustrates that much of public policy in regards to helping the white working class Americans is misguided and harmful. At the same time, by enlightening the reader, he enables them to have empathy with the “hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash” so that the reader can see these people as neighbours as well.

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  • HillbillyEligy

    Very insightful. It brought to mind my own parents growing up poor and uneducated, and some of the same attitudes toward Christmas and College.

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