Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Good Story 245: Hillbilly Elegy

Julie and Scott didn't pay any attention to the signs, so they found themselves headed the wrong way on a one-way ramp. But Mamaw did a 3-lane u-turn they are fine. Episode 245: Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

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  1. I haven't commented much this year (a toddler at home + pandemic will do that...), but I am so pleased to see this featured on your podcast! I read the book when it was first published and it spurred a lot of good conversation not just about poverty, but about social class and education. My husband, who grew up in a small rural town (though not in poverty) said that many themes resonated with him as a first-generation college student, especially that of the urban/rural divide. I'm sure you could have recorded 2 more hours of discussion on this one!

    Also, if you are not aware, the book was recently made into a feature film that premieres on Netflix next week, right before Thanksgiving. They got some pretty big names for it too - including Glenn Close and Amy Adams. Here's the IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6772802/

    1. Hi JoAnna! So nice to hear from you.

      I'm so glad this resonated with your husband. And you are so right - we could have gone on a long time with this one. It definitely spurs conversation.

      And thanks for the heads-up on the movie! I had heard that it was coming, and will definitely watch it.

  2. Thanks for this discussion. I was fortunate to see the movie already (in a real theater!) and I strongly recommend it. Amy Adams and Glenn Close and Amy give searing performances as the Mom and Mamaw.

    (Having grown up in the rural Midwest, I knew the movie makers had done their research when they showed someone hand-washing plastic silverware. I laughed out loud at that.)

    1. In a real theater! Nice - I'm glad it came out well, I'm eager to see it.

      Love that plastic silverware detail...