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.
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
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.
For those of you curious about statistics in the Appalachian region in terms of poverty, unemployment, population and education, here are some maps and statistics to help understand where the Appalachian region has been at since 1980.
Appalachian Regional Commission: Maps
Community Commons: Mapping Poverty in the Appalachian Region
You’ve seen casinos in the movies: mob-run joints with tough pit bosses, friendly dealers and attractive waitresses serving drinks. But how does an actual casino operate? Who runs the floor? How do they catch cheaters? How do they make money? How far back do casinos go in history? Check out this article to find out:
Also in that link is a link to a podcast called “Stuff You Should Know” that goes into how online gambling works
To give you an idea about how weird professional gamblers really are, take a look at some of these articles about some of the ways they try to harness luck. From lucky oranges to dropping candy, unlit cigarettes, and sitting against the grain, there’s just something entertaining and strange about how gamblers get luck.
Online Poker Lowdown – Poker Superstitions
VegasMaster.com – Get Lucky With Gambling Superstitions