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The Resource Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis, J.D. Vance

Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis, J.D. Vance

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Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis
Title
Hillbilly elegy
Title remainder
a memoir of a family and culture in crisis
Statement of responsibility
J.D. Vance
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Vividly articulates the despair and disillusionment of blue-collar America' Sunday Times 'Hillbilly Elegy' is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis-that of white working-class Americans. 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, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. 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 post-war 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. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humour and vividly colourful 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
Summary
Shares the poignant story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle-class life and the collective demons of the past
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Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
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10494695
Cataloging source
NLE
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Vance, J. D
Dewey number
307
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Vance, J. D
  • Vance family
  • Working class
  • Whites
Target audience
adult
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a memoir of a family and culture in crisis
Label
Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis, J.D. Vance
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058838816
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9780008220556
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)960690439
Label
Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis, J.D. Vance
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000058838816
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
264 pages
Isbn
9780008220556
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)960690439

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