By J.D. Vance
An interesting, poignant and often humorous memoir of growing up poor and white in the Rust Belt, Hillbilly Elegy has been on numerous bestseller lists for months and has been heavily reviewed. Valued and respected by conservatives and liberals alike, the book has also been touted to a certain extent as a explanation for the political division and turmoil surrounding the recent election. All this by an author only in his early 30s. J.D. Vance makes it out of Ohio and the Appalachian hillbilly culture he was born and raised in; the book is about how he does it, the people who help him and his thoughts on why others in his same situation often don’t make it.