Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

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    This book hit the New York Times Bestsellers list when it first came out and stayed there many months. J.D. Vance, author of this affecting memoir of his personal journey out of poverty, was interviewed many times by print and broadcast journalists, particularly as someone who might cast light on the disaffected population that helped bring Donald Trump to power. The book really resonated with Emerge Solutions member Debora McDermed, who wrote at review of it for Emerging News, and Rod Dreher of The American Conservative who called it “one of the best books I’ve ever read.” But others, like Betsy Rader in an op-ed for the Washington Post, feel it misses the mark in describing the experience of poverty for many people who live it and perpetuates stereotypes. What do you think?

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