Join Amy Steadman on Monday, April 10, at 6:30 in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room for a discussion of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.
This compelling memoir looks at the struggles, attitudes and dysfunction in an economically declining area of America. Vance was born in rural eastern Kentucky, but grew up largely in Rust Belt Ohio. Although his grandparents succeeded in generational upward mobility—they moved north for manufacturing jobs that are now disappearing—the family continued to struggle in the middle class with the same issues that they had tried to leave behind. This provocative book will be sure to generate discussion and debate.
Amy Steadman earned her master's in Museum Studies from Eastern Illinois University and a master's in Information Science from the University of Tennessee. She currently holds the position of Collections Manager at the Reece Museum, Center of Appalachian Studies and Services, on the campus of East Tennessee State University. On the weekends, she is learning to be an amateur archaeologist, plays the fiddle, and is active in local arts organizations. She currently lives in Blountville.