In Consideration of “Hillbilly Elegy”

I must confess I was late to the excitement surrounding J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. Somehow, I missed initial conversations about it, and only learned it existed when it was mentioned in a different book I read and reviewed last year. I finally got my hands on it this year, thanks to my local library, and even then I wasn’t ready to properly examine it because my initial reaction was too strongly impacted by the recent loss of my own grandmother, who I remember in very similar ways to how Vance portrays his. In fact, it wasn’t until Netflix announced their adaptation of the book that I…