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

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Paperback, Digital original)

By Vance, J. D.

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'THE POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR' Sunday Times 'You will not read a more important book about America this year' Economist 'The best book about the alienation within America' Evening Standard 'The memoir gripping America...Vividly articulates the despair and disillusionment of blu...e-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.
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ISBN 9780008220563
Released NZ 26 Mar 2018
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback, Digital original
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ISBN-13 9780008220563
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 20-30 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint William Collins
Released 26 Mar 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Digital original
 › 4 other possible formats available
Edition Digital original
Author(s) By Vance, J. D.
Category Biography & Autobiography
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Social Mobility
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code 305.5/62092
Weight 250g
Interest Age 17+ years
Reading Age 17+ years
Library of Congress Working class whites - Biography - United States, Working class whites - Social conditions - United States, Mountain people - Social conditions - Kentucky, Social mobility - Case studies - United States, Economic history
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade

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