Hillbilly Elegy - J. D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy

By J. D. Vance

  • Release Date: 2016-06-28
  • Genre: Sociology
Score: 4.5
From 2,149 Ratings



"A riveting book."—The Wall Street Journal

"Essential reading."—David Brooks, New York Times

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful 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

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 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. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful 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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    By Wittewbit
    I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed this book. Growing up in Eastern Kentucky, I found much of this book relevant to my life. J.D. Vance really details what it is like to be Appalachain and the journey that can entail. I wish I could find more books this memorable!
  • Loved it!

    By Mcomparon
    Insightful and thought provoking book. Thank you for being brave to share your story.
  • Overrated

    By Willy-J
    Thought this was going to be a well researched Gladwell type social science book. It’s not, pretty thin on facts and details. Basically just a story about this guys life along with some poorly founded speculation.
  • Redd NY

    By REDD/NY
    I’m in state of shock! I’d NEVER thought that I could relate to a book (which I love to read)like this one. J.D. is my hero and I am so proud of his accomplishments!!! The crazy thing is I do not know who the hell he is . LOL , but I feel as though I do in a male version of me .
  • "What REALLY Happened"

    By 475linebaugh
    This book is the story of a boy who grew up in a working-class white family in middle Appalachia and escaped multi-generational poverty. I found it be sad, funny, interesting, inspiring, and very well worth reading. I highly recommend it to anyone, particularly if you want to really know why Hillary lost the election. The author does not come off as political or even intending to answer this question. His book just happens to do so. This book will make you laugh, maybe cry, and definitely want to read it to the end. And if you have hillbilly roots like I do, you will very likely share a real connection with the author.
  • 50 years late.

    By Ttelsyah
    I wish this hillbilly could have read this book then. It would have been a life changer.
  • Absolutely wonderful

    By 8ball is the worst
    Thank you JDVance for sharing your journey. I'm still healing and trying to improve who I am after many childhood challenges and poor choices. Your book has helped me re evaluate who I am and how I can help others my children included to continue to heal and be better people and better examples to others. RH
  • Great book!

    By Spotified1
  • Wow!

    By Rfdlyons
    Opened my California eyes for sure. Well-written. Explains a lot about rationale for political POVs.
  • Great book!

    By KathyJ.
    This was one of the bees books I have read in a long time! Very enlightening!
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