Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis is a 2016 memoir by J. D. Vance about the Appalachian values of his Kentucky family and their relation to the social problems of his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, where his mother’s parents moved when they were young.
Hillbilly Elegy is a 2020 American drama film directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay by Vanessa Taylor, based on the 2016 memoir of the same name by J. D. Vance. The film stars Glenn Close, Amy Adams, Gabriel Basso, Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins, and Owen Asztalos, and follows a Yale law student who must return to his family in Ohio after a family emergency.
Kaylia and Jennifer solve the problems of the working poor not through religion or education but through stricter domestic violence laws and exposure to other cultures. No, not really. But wouldn’t that be nice? What we actually do is try to find the kernels of good stuff in the book and movie, bemoan the lack of Mamaw and Lindsey’s stories, and trumpet the awesomeness of Planned Parenthood. Hillbilly Elegy: Book and movie… are they worth your time?
This Pages and Popcorn Podcast episode was produced by Kaylia Metcalfe and featured “Pages and Popcorn Podcast Theme” / M.D. Arms