Book 32 of 52: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
I picked up this book after overhearing my family members discussing how much of our own family history they recognized within it. Deeply powerful, Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir about a family that is enticed to move from the Appalachian mountains to central Ohio by the promise of steady employment in the steel industry.
Reading this book, I was immediately captivated by the ways in which it mirrored my own family’s story. Deeply inspiring, and full of love, this family story made sense of a lot of trends that can be seen today in a lot of white working class families in the midwest. I haven’t been able to stop talking about it since I started reading.