Family Pictures

Here are some photos posted by the author of his family



JD and Usha

Normally I wouldn’t post 2 interviews but NBC did a segment on JD Vance and his wife Usha, which also includes Amy Chua, JD’s Yale Law mentor. 

Dwight Yoakam – Readin’ Rightin’ Route 23

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

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.

Acorn Theory

Something brought up by Haven Kimmel in her interview was James Hillman and Acorn Theory. To give us a better understanding of what that entails, here are a few articles about it.

Scott London’s interview with James Hillman.

An LA Times review of The Soul’s Code

New York Times review of The Soul’s Code

James Ladd on Acorn Theory


One of the things that I want to discuss for this book is the concept of a memoir. Here are some articles that look at how the memoir has been seen over time and how the memoir is viewed now. I am going to print out some of these articles and discuss some passages with the group.

New York Times: The Problem With Memoirs  printed 1/28/2011

History Hoydens: The Trouble With Memoirs 1/27/2009

HTML Giant: Get Me Up Close to the Lives of Others 1/31/2011

The Rumpus: Conversations With Writers Braver Than Me  1/24/2011

SheWrites: Part II, The Problem With Memoirs 1/12/2017

Slate: A Brief History of Memoir Bashing 3/30/2007


Mooreland Free Fair


To get a taste of the Mooreland Free Fair, check out this link for information on the history of the fair which includes pictures of past newspaper advertisements.

Then check out what the fair looks like now through this link, as well as look at the Twitter feed and Facebook account.

Mooreland, Indiana: Then and Now


Here is some census data for Mooreland, Indiana to give you an idea on Mooreland at the time Haven is growing up to the most recent census numbers available.

Here is the historical population of Mooreland and here is the current census makeup.

The history of Mooreland courtesy of the Henry County Historical Society.

Interview with Haven Kimmel

As usual here is your interview with the author. This time around I couldn’t find any short audio or video interviews with Haven so I will link to a stenographied version of an audio interview: 

March Book: A Girl Named Zippy


Our March book is A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. The discussion will be Monday, March 27th.

If you have a friend who wants to join our discussions, they can pick up a copy from the WPL Circulation Desk.

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