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
I think something important to bring up when it comes to this book is the idea of Post Traumatic Stress and its effect on W.C. Minor. First, here are definitions of PTSD by the National Institute for Mental Health as well as the American Psychological Association.
Here are articles that address this idea of PTSD and the Civil War. While at the time they would not have recognized mental disorders in the way we do today, I think it’s worthwhile to explore this subject on how the perception of mental illness has changed or not changed from the 19th century until now.
Here’s some more on the history of Chinatowns, their necessity, and their place in society now.
Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce: The History of Chinatown/Visitor’s Guide (PDF)
HuffingtonPost: How Racism Created America’s Chinatowns
Chinatownology: Chinatowns of the World
Mother Nature Network: 10 Best Chinatowns in the US
Courtesy of UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library
If you want to learn more about the history of Chinese immigration to America, check out these sources:
Migration Policy Institute: Chinese Immigrants in the United States
Department of State, Office of the Historian: Chinese Immigration and the Chinese Exclusion Acts
PBS, History Detectives: The Life of Chinese Immigrant
National Women’s History Museum: Chinese American Woman: A History of Resilience and Resistance
Golden Venture: Chinese Immigration to the US
University of California: Pictures of 20th Century Immigration