Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Short Review: Hillbilly Elegy by J.S. Vance

Rating: 8 out of 10 stars

A memoir of  Vance's experiences growing up poor in Ohio/Kentucky.  Hillbilly Elegy gave me some good insight on why some people can rise above their circumstances and some can't  Always wondered that.  Some of things he dealt with were crazy.  He also explained why some people who would usually vote Democrat didn't trust Obama.  


White Trash by Nancy Isenberg.  They are both offer thoughtful discussion of class in the United States.

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.   Both books explain how hard it is to escape poverty.

There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America by Alex Kotlowitz.  One of my favorite books.  Both books give readers a front row seat of the lives of real  people living in poverty.

~ Amy Stuenkel

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