Ex Libris Kirkland

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Subtitle A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
First Written 2016
Genre Nonfiction
Origin US
Publisher Harper
ISBN-10 0062300547
ISBN-13 978-0062300546
My Copy loaned hardback (thanks Bob!)
First Read April 17, 2017

Hillbilly Elegy

Also, a friend pointed out that this seems like the kind of book a future politician writes. Expect to see this kid on a ballot someday soon.

Noted on April 30, 2017

This is apparently the liberal soul-searching book du jour - one man's story of coming up thru a 'hillbilly' background among poor whites, and the culture and challenges he faced, wittingly or un-.

I guess I grew up close enough (not in, but nearby) to this kind of life that I don't see much that surprises me so far. My grandparents came from relatively poor backgrounds, and my parents were very sensitive to the idea of 'white-trash-ness.' Not that we ever were, but it was a standard that my family often referred to - a kind of lower threshold of all propriety. Even now, I use the term casually, but Erika is always calling me out for it.

Noted on April 30, 2017

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