Hillbilly Elegy

By J.D. Vance
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“People like me and Brian don’t lose contact with our parents because we don’t care. We lose contact with them to survive. We never stop loving and we never lose hope that our loved ones will change. Rather we are forced either by wisdom or the law to take the path of self-preservation.”

WOW! Just WOW! I feel like I just read my own biography. I don’t know how to review this book because every single chapter, every story, triggered a memory. This book hit me harder than anything I’ve ever read. I found myself staring into nothingness in deep thought. I found myself waking up in the middle of the night unable to go back to sleep. I even found tears falling down my face twice.

Maybe one day I’ll give this book a proper review but I fear it may require a book of my own.

You need to read this book to understand so much of our culture and to truly understand America. Take these stories out of Appalachia and put them in any poor neighborhood and the circumstances are the same. This book is a masterpiece.

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