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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and…
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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (udgave 2016)

af J. D. Vance (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
Forfattere:J. D. Vance (Forfatter)
Info:Harper (2016), Edition: Reprint Ed., 272 pages
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A memoir of a young man who grew up in the Rust Belt of Ohio, with roots going into Kentucky and Appalachia. A story of a child who witness a lot of bad yet manages to make something of his life. asking the question "What if?" about how he manages his life now. ( )
  foof2you | Apr 12, 2021 |
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J.D. Vance illustrates what life is like for the population of lower socioeconomic status peoples in the rust belt. Coming from an education background where we had to learn about different SES groups as well as teaching in one of the poorest counties in Wisconsin for three years taught me many of the things that Vance brings up in his story. He explained and gave evidence that I've both witnessed in my teacher career as well as have thought myself, so nothing here felt very new from my perspective. After he analyzed why this group of people continues to be the way they are, I was looking for a solution. Or at least something closer to a solution. I have many students like this on my caseload who will become what their current situation is if they don't make the change themselves, but how do they overcome their situation when they don't have the resources or support to try and make their life different than what they already know? These were some of the solutions that I was looking for and all that Vance could really say to that was, I had better support than most individuals in my place and I took advantage of the supports that were there. And I would agree with that, but I guess I just wanted a little more. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
This is a really great memoir. Vance explores the condition of the white working poor. In his own words, "I may be white, but I do not identify with the WASPs of the Northeast. Instead, I identify with the millions of working-class white Americans of Scots-Irish descent who have no college degree."

He does this while never proselytizing or blaming any politician; he simply explores and explains. And while I'm not sure it explains the rise of Trump Nation, it does explain a class and a culture that is under-represented in the American conversation. Vance's voice should be a welcome addition to that conversation. Highly recommended.

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  evenlake | Mar 23, 2021 |
I love the writing style in this, and the story it tells is the story of pretty much everywhere I've ever seen humans, though perhaps with a bit more of an aggressive overtone. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
I really recommend this book. People who don't live in these areas should read it to understand the people that do, and those that do live there should read because it could make a difference in their future outlooks. I know people just like the ones in the writers family. I don't think anyone could have explained the state of mind better than he does. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
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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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