All in Good Storytime 📚 Episode 23

All in Good Storytime is an interactive, bookish, book club podcast hosted by Alanna, Katya, and Tia. To join the club, make sure you're following us on Twitter to get updates on what book we're reading and to what chapter we are reading through (or what anime we're watching and what episode we are watching through), and listen to the podcast here or on iTunes (see link below) to join in on the discussion. And don't forget to read along!

In the 23rd episode of All in Good Storytime, we read chapters 6-10 of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. In these chapters, J.D. Vance begins with his family life in complete turmoil. He learns that his big sister Lindsay is actually his half-sister, temporarily moves in with his biological father and is introduced to his church, and then moves in with another of his mother's boyfriends before finally finding stability after moving in with his grandmother. We discuss Mamaw's moral strength and character as specifically seen in her kind yet comical way of handling J.D.'s misguided and short-lived belief that he might be gay.

We question the apparent appropriation of studies on black inner city communities to explain the lives and situations of white hillbillies. Additionally, we examine the complicated situation of some poor people seemingly gaming the system for their benefit while others are left without adequate assistance. We end by giving a preview of J.D.'s life after leaving the Marines and the problems he faces back at college from fellow students who are unsupportive of the American military's involvement in the Middle East.

In two weeks, we will be reading chapters 11 through the end of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.

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