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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, Jan 20 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jan 21 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jan 22 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jan 23 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jan 24 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jan 25 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Jan 26 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

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jan 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

Tue, Jan 28, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Tue, Jan 28, 10:00am - 10:45am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jan 28, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jan 29, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Wed, Jan 29, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

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

Fri, Jan 31, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room A

Sat, Feb 01, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room C

Sat, Feb 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room C

Mon, Feb 03, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

Tue, Feb 04, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Tue, Feb 04, 10:00am - 10:45am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 04, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Wed, Feb 05, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Wed, Feb 05, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

Thu, Feb 06, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Thu, Feb 06, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Feb 06, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting Room B

Fri, Feb 07, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Programming Room

Sat, Feb 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Programming Room

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

Mon, Feb 10, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

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

Tue, Feb 11, 10:00am - 10:45am
Children's Programming Room

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

Tue, Feb 11, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Board Room

Tue, Feb 11, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Meeting Room B

Wed, Feb 12, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Wed, Feb 12, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

Thu, Feb 13, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Thu, Feb 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Feb 13, 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Meeting Room A

Sat, Feb 15, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Meeting Room B

Mon, Feb 17, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Meeting Room A

Mon, Feb 17, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

Tue, Feb 18, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Tue, Feb 18, 10:00am - 10:45am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 18, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 18, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Meeting Room B

Wed, Feb 19, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Quiet Study Room #3

Wed, Feb 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

Wed, Feb 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Thu, Feb 20, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Fri, Feb 21, 9:30am - 11:30am
Staff Meeting Room

Fri, Feb 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Programming Room

Fri, Feb 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Meeting Room A

Sat, Feb 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Programming Room

Sat, Feb 22, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A

Mon, Feb 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Programming Room

Mon, Feb 24, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room B

Tue, Feb 25, 9:30am - 11:00am
Meeting Room C

Tue, Feb 25, 10:00am - 10:45am
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 25, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 25, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room C