Nonfiction Book Group to Discuss Hillbilly Elegy in June & 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus in July

The library’s Nonfiction Book Group will discuss Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance on Monday, June 18, 6 – 8pm.  Vance recounts his own struggle growing up poor in the Rust Belt and, through his own life, shows the disenfranchisement of poor white Americans. From the book cover:

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.

Also, Thursday, July 19, 6 – 8pm the book group will discuss 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. The New York Times Book Review stated of 1491: “Marvelous. . . . A sweeping portrait of human life in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. . . . A remarkably engaging writer.”

Hillbilly & 1491 are available to borrow in print, ebook, and audiobook through the library. To reserve a copy, visit the online catalog, call, or stop by the main desk. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk.

This nonfiction book group is focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group utilizes the best in nonfiction books chosen by participants to explore issues that are topical today. All are welcome to join with the hope that participants will impact each other through discussion and community. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, is the moderator for discussions.

 

 

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