The Adult Book Club plans to discuss "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Brownstown Public Library, 120 E. Spring St.
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 class.
"Hillbilly 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 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside.
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 club is designed to provide an informal, congenial atmosphere for patrons 18 and older to share their literary interpretations of the current book selection. Everyone should read the month’s selection before the meeting. They can, however, feel free to attend even if they haven’t finished the book as long as they don’t mind hearing how the book ends.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the discussion, but listeners are welcome.
Light refreshments are served by individuals from the group on a volunteer basis. Extra copies of the book selection are available one month in advance at the library circulation desk.
Registration is required.
Karen Raymer leads the program.