I first covered this a couple of months ago and it just keeps growing. The list of J.D. Vance’s publicity appearances and reviews of the book are now as long as my arm. His left/right appeal was evidenced by two recent interviews – one on NPR’s Morning Edition and the other in The American Conservative, which led with this intro:
The book is an American classic, an extraordinary testimony to the brokenness of the white working class, but also its strengths. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. With the possible exception of Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic, for Americans who care about politics and the future of our country, Hillbilly Elegy is the most important book of 2016. You cannot understand what’s happening now without first reading J.D. Vance. His book does for poor white people what Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book did for poor black people: give them voice and presence in the public square.”
Hillbilly Elegy lands on both the NYT and Indie bestseller lists this week.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (9780062300546) by J.D. Vance. $27.99 hardcover. 6/28/16 on sale.