The author gave a talk with the New York Review of Books and the New York Public Library made a list of books he had recommended in the talk. In the comments readers give their personal recommendations as well.
This month I’m encouraging you to listen to the audiobook version of the book. If you choose to read over listen to the book, that is fine. The discussion will be August 28. If you have a friend who wants to join the discussion they can pick up a copy at the circulation desk.
Here are some reactions from a few people who identify as ‘hillbillies’ and more established media members responding to Vance’s book.
R. Mike Burr: The Self-Serving Hustle of “Hillbilly Elegy”
G.W. Para: Hillbilly Fallacy
Mona Charen: What Hillbilly Elegy Reveals About Trump and America
One of the things brought up by Vance is about the ‘Hillbilly Migration’ from Kentucky to other states through Rt. 23. Here are some articles about that migration, one of which is about that migration to Chicago’s neighborhood of Uptown.
Chicago Reader: Norma Lee Browning Vs. The Hillbillies
AppalachianHistory.net: Where the Hillbilly Highway Ends
Our book discussion for July is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.
As always if you or someone you know wants to join our discussion, they can pick up a copy of the book from the Circulation Desk on the first floor. The discussion for this book will take place on July 31st.