Books | A look at life in the Rust Belt, where poverty has become a family tradition. An excerpt from Hillbilly Elegy
by J.D. Vance
Posted 9/16/17, 12:34 pm
J.D. Vance’s engrossing memoir/popular sociology, Hillbilly Elegy, offers an insider’s view into Appalachian communities struggling with factory and mine closures, unemployment, addiction, family breakdown, and premature death. The book, which was named WORLD’s 2016 Book of the Year in the Understanding America category, tells how Vance’s grandparents and the military saved him from the destructive path of many relatives and friends.