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The next meeting of Thetford’s informal nonfiction book discussion group will take place at Latham Library on Thetford Hill on Tuesday September 26th at 7 pm.

We will be discussing Hillbilly Elegy:   A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J  D Vance.
Growing up in Middletown with his Jackson relatives gave him a new perspective in politics and economics. Using most of his grandparents’ steadfast principles about family, achievement, and a slanted and peculiar view of personal honor, Mr. Vance defeated the odds, joined the Marines, went to Yale, and became an attorney. During this journey, the author developed his views and opinions of American society, especially on how various groups develop economically, based on how family life affects the individuals within these groups. Growing amongst the hillbillies from Appalachia transplanted to American’s heartland, he tries to explain how the lack of upward mobility and opportunity can be attributed to the upbringing and culture of this singularly unique group of people…
Vance’s memoir can help us to understand the people who voted for Trump, even against their apparent own interests.
It has been a bestseller for over a year, with plaudits and criticisms from both the right and the left.

The book may be obtained from your local library, via interlibrary loan,  possibly as an audio or e-book via ListenUp Vermont or in New Hampshire,  New Hampshire Downloadable Books. Users need only get a barcode number from their local library to use the services.  Or you can obtain the book from your favorite local bookseller, or via, the aggregator site for booksellers both large and small from all over the world, and for books both new and secondhand.

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

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