Ta-Nehisi Coates: A Reading List

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.

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Liberty Heights Avenue and Garrison Boulivard

Here’s a Google Map of the author’s Blatimore neighborhood. Like before, take a walk around with Google’s street feature.

 

Prince Jones

Here are some articles about the killing of Prince Jones.

Washington Post: Officer Liable in Prince Jones Killing

Washington City Paper: Black Victim, Black Cop, Black County

People: An Echo of Gunfire

Ta-Nehisi Coates Interview

August’s Book: Between the World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coats

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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.

Reactions to Hillbilly Elegy

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”

Aaron M. Renn: Culture, Circumstance, and Agency: Reflections on Hillbilly Elegy

G.W. Para: Hillbilly Fallacy

Elizabeth Catte: For the good of the poor and common people: What Hillbilly Elegy gets wrong about Appalachia’s working class

Mona Charen: What Hillbilly Elegy Reveals About Trump and America

Hillbilly Migration

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 Mag: Chicago’s Hillbilly Problem During the Great Migration

NewCity: Hillbilly Heaven: Chicago’s Other Migration fro the South

Chicago Reader: Norma Lee Browning Vs. The Hillbillies

AppalachianHistory.net: Where the Hillbilly Highway Ends

Forbes: Rust-Belt Cities And Moving To Opportunity: It’s Time To Get Back On The ‘Hillbilly Highway’

L.A. Times: Urban Appalachians Find Pride in Hillbilly Heritage

Jackson, Kentucky

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Here’s a Google Map of Jackson, Kentucky, setting of most of the book. I definitely recommend using Google’s street view to ‘walk’ through town, same as we did for Moreland, Indiana. You can find instructions on how to use Google Maps on that link.

J.D. Vance Interview

Here’s an hour-long interview with J.D. Vance for his book on C-SPAN

https://www.c-span.org/video/?419678-4/washington-journal-jd-vance-discusses-hillbilly-elegy 

July’s Book: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Our book discussion for July is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

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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.

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