Hillbilly Elegy

I had heard a lot about this book earlier this year.  Written by J.D. Vance, many have pointed to it as a good explanation on why the election turned out the way it did.  It is a memoir of a young man growing up in Appalachia and the struggles he faced to try to rise above the adversity.  J.D. eventually enrolls in the Marines, finished colleges and graduates from Yale Law School.  He never forgets his background and the people that shaped his childhood, in both good and bad ways.  He credits his grandmother for her care of him and eventually comes to terms with his relationship with his addict mother.  This was an interesting read about a geographic area that seems so foreign to me, but it is actually the stark reality of a significant portion of our country’s population.


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