This is a challenging book to review because so much has been written about it, and its author, already. It went on my “to be read” list almost immediately upon publication but was always passed over for various reasons. So when I saw the pop sugar challenge item of reading a book published posthumously, I knew the time had come to read the book that everyone seemed to love. And I was very, very happy I did because this was a gripping, emotional, and almost unbelievable story that needed to be told.
I am very torn in regards to this review. I read Hillbilly Elegy because I wanted to practice what I preach…that is, to read and try and understand different political views from my own. I can’t say that J.D. Vance changed my mind on anything but I can appreciate that he tried to show his side of things in a well written and eloquent manner. My main issues with this book are not that I don’t agree with much of what he thinks or believes but that he discusses the issues “hillbillys” have in the United States today but doesn’t offer any solutions for how to overcome the obstacles that exist within this group. I wanted more of a guide than he offered.
This is a book that has been on my “to be read” shelf for a while. Anne Morrow Lindbergh first came to my attention as an author when I read “The Aviator’s Wife” and realized that she was much more than just the wife of Charles Lindbergh. I am so glad that I read this book at this time in my life and can see myself revisiting this title every few years as my life experiences change. I would highly recommend this book for women of all ages.