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Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

2019-09-12 18:15:00 2019-09-12 20:15:00 America/Chicago Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance Circle of Readers Book Discussion Merrillville

Thursday, September 12
6:15pm - 8:15pm

Add to Calendar 2019-09-12 18:15:00 2019-09-12 20:15:00 America/Chicago Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance Circle of Readers Book Discussion Merrillville

Merrillville

Meeting Room A

Circle of Readers Book Discussion

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis--that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

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Merrillville

Phone: 219-769-3541

Branch manager
Erika

Hours
Mon, Sep 16 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Sep 17 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Sep 18 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Sep 19 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Sep 20 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Sep 21 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Sep 22 12:00PM to 4:00PM

About the branch

The Merrillville branch library encompasses over 114,000 sq ft of electronic and print resources, and visual and musical collections. The library offers free WIFI, public internet computers, rooms for quiet study, and public meeting rooms. Our vast collections of Lake County history and genealogy sources make the Merrillville branch a popular destination for research by visitors from all around the country.

Merrillville branch has three fantastic floors of informational and recreational materials. The main floor contains our popular collection of new books, large-print material, magazines and newspapers, teen, anime, and an enormous selection of music and DVDs. Our Genealogy Room has numerous resources including microfilm of local newspapers, obituary indexes, and many other historical resources. Our Book Sale room, open during select hours Monday-Saturday, is full of unique finds. Merrillville Branch is also home to our Talking Books Department, which serves residents with physical or visual disabilities.

The Upper Level includes tables for quiet study, a tremendous reference collection, our “Indiana Room” for specialized Hoosier historical research, and our locally known statue “The Reader” by artist Hermann Gurfinkel.

The entire lower level houses our bright and airy Children's Department where children will find fun games, books, music and magazines to fulfill their reading pleasure as well as attend engaging kids’ programs. This is also where our public meeting rooms are located, where our library events and programs are held.

Upcoming events

Wed, Sep 18, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Wed, Sep 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A
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Wed, Sep 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Children's Programming Room
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Thu, Sep 19, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Thu, Sep 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room B

Fri, Sep 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Programming Room

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Programming Room

Mon, Sep 23, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A

Tue, Sep 24, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Tue, Sep 24, 10:00am - 10:45am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 24, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room B

Tue, Sep 24, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room C

Wed, Sep 25, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Wed, Sep 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A

Thu, Sep 26, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Thu, Sep 26, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A

Thu, Sep 26, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room B

Fri, Sep 27, 10:00am - 11:00am
Meeting Room A

Fri, Sep 27, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Room A

Fri, Sep 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room B

Sat, Sep 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Programming Room

Sat, Sep 28, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A

Mon, Sep 30, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A

Tue, Oct 01, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Tue, Oct 01, 10:00am - 10:45am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 01, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 01, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room B

Wed, Oct 02, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Wed, Oct 02, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Thu, Oct 03, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Thu, Oct 03, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room A

Thu, Oct 03, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Fri, Oct 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Programming Room

Fri, Oct 04, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A

Sat, Oct 05, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A

Sat, Oct 05, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B

Mon, Oct 07, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Tue, Oct 08, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Tue, Oct 08, 10:00am - 10:45am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 08, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 08, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Board Room

Tue, Oct 08, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Meeting Room C

Tue, Oct 08, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A

Wed, Oct 09, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Wed, Oct 09, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 09, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A

Thu, Oct 10, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Thu, Oct 10, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Oct 10, 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Meeting Room A

Sat, Oct 12, All day
Meeting Room B

Sat, Oct 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 15, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Tue, Oct 15, 10:00am - 10:45am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 15, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 15, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A

Tue, Oct 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room C

Tue, Oct 15, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room B

Wed, Oct 16, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Wed, Oct 16, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A

Wed, Oct 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Oct 17, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Fri, Oct 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Programming Room