Appalachian reckoning : a region responds to Hillbilly Elegy
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Morgantown : West Virginia University Press, 2019.
ix, 421 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
In Hillbilly elegy, J.D. Vance described how his family moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan while navigating the collective demons of the past. The book has come to define Appalachia for much of the nation. This collection of essays is a retort, at turns rigorous, critical, angry, and hopeful, to the long shadow cast over the region and its imagining. But it also moves beyond Vance's book to allow Appalachians to tell their own diverse and complex stories of a place that is at once culturally rich and economically distressed, unique and typically American. -- adapted from back cover