Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis (Large print book, 2017) [WorldCat.org]
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Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis

Author: J D Vance
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017. ©2016
Series: Thorndike Press large print basic series.
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : English : Large print editionView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Case studies
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Biography
Named Person: J D Vance; J D Vance; J D Vance
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J D Vance
ISBN: 9781410496669 141049666X 9781432840006 1432840002
OCLC Number: 959805486
Description: 381 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print basic series.
Responsibility: 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.

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