This is NYC. I'm Herman Nik. My guest, J.D. Vance, is the writer of the new blockbuster "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis." He says the book is in regards to what goes on in the lives of real people when the modern economy goes south. He expounds on the social detachment, poverty, drug use and the religious and political changes in his family an This is NYC. I'm Herman Nik. My guest, J.D. Vance, is the writer of the new blockbuster "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis." He says the book is in regards to what goes on in the lives of real people when the modern economy goes south. He expounds on the social detachment, poverty, drug use and the religious and political changes in his family and in more noteworthy Appalachia. He grew up in a Rust Belt town in Ohio in a family from the slopes of eastern Kentucky. Until the age of 12, he spent summers in Jackson, Ky., with his grandma and extraordinary grandma. Vance joined the Marines, which helped him bear the cost of college. Subsequent to going to Ohio State University, he went to Yale Law School where he at first felt totally strange. He has added to the National Review and is currently an important at a Silicon Valley speculation firm. -------------------------------------- From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working classHillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.