All in Good Storytime 📚 Episode 24

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 24th episode of All in Good Storytime, we finish reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. In these chapters, J.D. Vance speeds through undergrad at Ohio State University, attends law school at Yale, and meets his future wife. In this episode, we discuss the numerous ways that J.D. dismisses racial issues including a notable assertion that the white working class didn't dislike Obama because he was black but because he was alien to them due to his fancy education.

We also revisit J.D.'s experience at college with a student who criticized the American military and how this was a missed opportunity for a fruitful conversation between the two of them. Instead of complaining about this uneducated classmate in his memoir, he could have taken the time to share his own personal experiences in the military and how they contradict his assumptions. Or, he could have spent more time in his own memoir proving that those negative assumptions about the American military are false beyond sharing a few sentences on the matter. Finally, we discuss the role of the government and individual accountability in addressing the issues that plague the white working class from fragmented families to substance abuse. We end by discussing Cracker Barrel and how it is an incredible restaurant chain.

Next week we will be reading chapters 1-6 of We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.

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