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My Thoughts on Hillbilly Elegy

A couple of years ago J.D. Vance wrote a popular book entitled, Hillbilly Elegy.  I read the reviews and quite a few people asked if I had read the book.....why no, I had not.  While the review were both good and bad, I was not impressed either way.  
With some time on my hands, this past weekend, I finally relented and read Mr. Vance's work.  The book, to me, is an autobiography of a 31 year old person.  A person who was immersed in domestic violence, substance abuse, and family drama.  All of which he blamed on his relatives being, "hill people".  These people of Kentucky lineage, from the Eastern part of the state.  
While he claims to be of, "hillbilly lineage", he grew up in Ohio with grandparents from Kentucky.  He systematically uses the term, "hillbilly", throughout the book and refers to any bad behavior as a result of being from the Eastern part of Kentucky.  He, himself, is not a hillbilly.  With occasional visits to Kentucky, he uses the …

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