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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

por J. D. Vance

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Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an 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. 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. 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 postwar 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.… (mais)
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Strange to have read this and related closely to the author’s experiences, yet come to such different political and ethical perspectives than he touts on social media. One of those books that I wish I hadn’t looked into the author so much because it kind of ruined the read for me. ( )
  womanhollering | May 21, 2024 |
A more conservative view than Sarah Smarsh's on the inequalities that keep the white working class from participating to the American Dream, but a moving, heartfelt and enlightening one nonetheless. At least, the author acknowledges that European Countries with a strong socialdemocratic take on social welfare do the American Dream better than America.
It's very instructive to hear, for once, the voice of hillbillies or any other neglected groups speaking for themselves, as subject of action rather than object of policy. Or worse, horror movie pitchfork crowds with fiddles... ( )
  Elanna76 | May 2, 2024 |
Wow. I found this book so moving. J.D. Vance intimately details the obstacles faced by both himself and his fellow hillbillies (his words) when attempting to claw their way out of poverty and hopelessness. In doing so, he paints a loving and searingly honest portrait of a culture steeped in values of honour and family ties, yet stymied by a kind of learned helplessness following the successive economic downturns of the last three decades. Vance is adamant that while external circumstances (and he chronicles these in detail) stack the deck against America's working-class whites, individual choices play a significant role in determining anyone's future. And he continually reinforces the positive impact a few strong and positive people can have on a kid's life.

I am left full of admiration for Vance and full of love for his extended Appalachian clan, warts and all. ( )
  punkinmuffin | Apr 30, 2024 |
A quick and interesting insight into life growing up in the Rust Belt. Some of the stories were compelling insights into the types of families and lives that some of my friends since moving to Chicago 9 years ago have had (often that were completely absent when I lived in New Jersey), and helped contextualize for me some aspects of middle American culture that seem contradictory to an outsider. Overall, it wasn't a life-altering book, but worth the time it took to read for sure, despite the author's tendency to ramble a bit and repeat himself at times. ( )
  mrbearbooks | Apr 22, 2024 |
Using rather basic language, the author relates the story of growing up in Appalachia and the way in which poverty isn't just a condition but a state of mind. I highly recommend The Mitford Series (fiction), by Jan Karon, to get another glimpse of and perspective into this unique world. ( )
  silva_44 | Mar 18, 2024 |
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Vance, J. D.autor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Carlson-Stanisic, LeahDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Heuvelmans, TonTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Raynaud, VincentTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Taylor, JarrodDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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My name is J. D. Vance, and I think I should start with a confession: I find the existence of the book you hold in your hands somewhat absurd.
Like most small children, I learned my home address so that if I got lost, I could tell a grown-up where to take me.
[Afterword] Many people, especially those who know me well, have asked me to describe my life since Hillbilly Elegy was published about two years ago.
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Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an 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. 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. 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 postwar 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.

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