Thursday, February 2, 2017

Book Beginning: Hillbilly Elegy


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



Like most small children, I learned my home address so that if I got lost, I could tell a grown-up where to take me.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance. I opted for the audio edition because it is read by the author, which is my preferred choice for memoirs.


  1. I think it's the first thing we learn, or teach our own.

  2. Yip, that's a great quote. I also love reading audiobooks when they're narrated by the author. Enjoy!

  3. I've been curious about this book and hope you enjoy it. By the way, after hearing ANGELA'S ASHES read by Frank McCourt, I also prefer to hear memoirs read by the author.

  4. I'm curious what you thought of it.

  5. Hi Gilion,

    I don't read memoirs, but I can understand what you all mean about them being better read by their author. It must provide so much more authenticity.

    I too, had to learn rote, my name and address, just so I could be returned home if lost. Although sometimes I must have been so naughty, that I'm sure my parents might have regretted teaching me so well!!

    Enjoy the book and thanks for hosting :)


  6. This looks like an interesting book. Thanks for mentioning it. :-)

  7. But first we were told not to talk to strangers!

  8. I've heard good things about this book. Hope you enjoy it.

  9. I love a memoir read by the author too. Those are the best! I've heard this is really good and I hope you enjoy it!

  10. Read the title and couldn't help but smile. Good one.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  11. I hope you enjoy the book. I am not fond of memoirs, but I like the beginning sentence.

    Have a terrific weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  12. I moved a lot during my first seven years, so I probably had to learn a few different addresses. I think I only remember one of them now! Hope you are enjoying this one.

  13. Heard an interview on NPR and read this - even though I swore I was done with memoir. I recommend it as a good read and as a social study.


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