Chosen by The New York Times as one of “6 Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win,” J. D. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, chronicles the author’s journey from an addiction-torn Appalachian family in Kentucky to the elite fast track of Yale Law School. Now comes the film adaptation, penned by Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water), directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), and starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close. A window on a demographic that is usually ignored, the movie reveals the rage and disaffection that still permeates America’s white working-class communities. —E.C.
Hillbilly Elegy was featured in the November 21, 2020 issue of Air Mail. Read on