The last time I met with my LA book club was right before the recent election. We had an animated discussion about the voter demographics that ended up significantly influencing the election’s results just days later. During the discussion, I proposed that we select Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance as our book for December to continue our discussion about the role of the white working class in America’s future.
At the time, none of us knew that white working class voters in Rust Belt and elsewhere would come out in droves to vote for Trump, or that they would believe Trump’s and the Republican party’s ongoing rhetoric that all of their problems were due to the current Democratic government. Some of these voters also felt their ideals unfortunately represented in the racism and discrimination spewed by the Trump campaign. The election demonstrated the importance of this sometimes ignored group of people, who have certainly faced the death of their American dream due in part to the decrease in factory and manufacturing jobs.
In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance provides a biography of his white working class (or ‘hillbilly’) family, trying to extrapolate from his personal experience an explanation of the status and viewpoints of white working class people in America today. Read my review and enter the giveaway to receive a hardcover copy of Hillbilly Elegy.
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Jackie at Death By Tsundoku and I are hosting a Thanksgiving Read-A-Thon this weekend (Wednesday through Sunday) to encourage ourselves and others to enjoy this free time to read. Join us on your blog, Twitter and Instagram by posting your reading intentions like I have, and/or using the hashtag #ThanksgivingReadathon. You are also welcome to include the image I created above in any of your posts and tweets. No pressure! Just follow along on Twitter and participate as much as you’d like.
I love having long stretches of vacation in which I really have the opportunity to make a good dent in my reading list. I’ll be spending Thanksgiving dinner with my best friend’s family, but because I’m Italian and my family is in Milan, I’ll have the rest of the weekend pretty much to myself if I choose.
I’d really like to use this holiday weekend to get a head start to stockpile some blog posts. I typically end up reading the book for a post only 2 or 3 days before the post is published, and also writing the post itself the night before (or morning of, eek!). In order to be less reactive in my blogging, I need to make some headway on my reading first.
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke And Bookish. The theme for this week was things or books you are thankful for.
Books amuse us, lift our spirits, ease our boredom, inform us and help us plumb the depths of human experience. It was pretty easy for me to pick out titles that I’ve treasured in the past and still think of as friendly pages I can return to. I decided to put together a post on books I’m thankful for in two different categories.
Childhood books I’m thankful for were ones which took me outside the significantly sheltered world I lived in, into unfamiliar historical and natural settings like the American wilderness, enchanted woods where animals came to life or Ancient Egypt. Among my All Time books I’m thankful for are classic novels with strong female characters and the two nonfiction books that really got me into reading more nonfiction.
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving weekend and make sure to check out the Top Ten Tuesday linkup at The Broke And Bookish to see everyone else’s posts for the week.
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Nonfiction November is being hosted by Doing Dewey, Emerald City Book Review, Sarah’s Book Shelves, Hibernator’s Library and Julz Reads this year. Make sure to check out the home page for the event this week and each of the host’s blogs for the themed linkups they are running. It’s a great way to discover new book blogs and get great nonfiction book recommendations.
The theme for Week 4 is Be The Expert/Ask The Expert/Become The Expert – and I decided to recommend books about North Korea since it’s a topic on which I’ve read pretty widely. I’m no ‘expert’ on it, but I think I’ve probably delved into the topic more than the average reader, and all the memoirs and historical nonfiction titles I’ve read about North Korea have been harrowing but also incredibly unforgettable reads that I would recommend to anyone.
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