Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Bog, Paperback, Engelsk)

Af: J. D. Vance


Nedsat pris! Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
Forlag: William Collins
Format: Paperback
Type: Bog
Sprog: Engelsk
ISBN-13: 9780008220563
Udgivelsesdato: 01-06-2017
Oplagsdato: 01-06-2017
Første udgivelsesår: 2017
Indbinding: Paperback
Sideantal: 272

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'THE POLITICAL BOOK OF THE YEAR' - Sunday Times. 'You will not read a more important book about America this year' - Economist. 'The best book about the alienation within America' - Evening Standard. 'A great insight into Trump and Brexit' - Independent. A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2016. 'Hillbilly Elegy' is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of the USA that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in post-war America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love", and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humour and vividly colourful figures, 'Hillbilly Elegy' is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of the country.

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