Jd vances memoir hillbilly elegy offers a starkly honest look at what that shattering of faith feels like for a family who lived through it you will not read a more important book about america this year. Vance compellingly describes the terrible toll that alcoholism drug abuse and an unrelenting code of honor took on his family neither excusing the behavior nor condemning itthe portrait that emerges is a complex oneunerringly forthright remarkably insightful and refreshingly focused hillbilly elegy is the cry of a community in . Hillbilly elegy by jd vance is a 2016 harper publication when i first noticed this book popping up on goodreads i admit the title really threw me i hate that word hillbilly because it sounds derisive and conjures up stereotypes. The interviewers last line implored readers to have a look at mr vances publishing debut hillbilly elegy a memoir of a family and culture in crisis
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