What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

In 2016, headlines declared Appalachia ground zero for America?s ?forgotten tribe? of white working class voters. Journalists flocked to the region to extract sympathetic profiles of families devastated by poverty, abandoned by establishment politics, and eager to consume cheap campaign promises. What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a frank assessment of America? In 2016, headlines declared Appalachia ground zero for America?s ?forgotten tribe? of white working class v...

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Title:What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia
Author:Elizabeth Catte
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0998904147
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:150 pages pages

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia Reviews

  • stephanie
    Jan 30, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

  • Garen
    Apr 05, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

  • Carrie
    Jan 14, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

  • Bookworm
    Mar 28, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

  • Phil Overeem
    Feb 28, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

  • Patty
    Apr 16, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

    "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term for what ails his region is 'hillbi...

    Very thoughtful and compelling. Designed primarily as a corrective to books like Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the coverage of Appalachia around the 2016 election, but worth reading on its own: a study of how Appalachia has been willfully misunderstood...

    I can't think of a more remarkable example of the paranoid versus reparative reading that Eve Sedgwick discusses in "Touching Feeling" than the contrast between J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Elizabeth Catte's brilliant rebuttal, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. A concise...

    Catte does an excellent job of making the history of Appalachia accessible here and tying this into present narratives about Appalachia. This is the book you should be reading about Appalachia not that ?Hillbilly? one. ...

    Catte's book is a welcome corrective to the self-aggrandizing poor-white-Appalachia version that JD Vance has been selling like hotcakes. Instead of trafficking in poverty porn, Catte offers a firm rebuttal of Vance's vision with a clear, progressive, inclusive path forward. The book e...

    If you shared any articles analyzing the 2016 election through the lens of coal miners in West Virginia -- either from the perspective of casting blame or calling for empathy -- and especially if you read and enjoyed J.D. Vance's horrible Hillbilly Elegy, you owe it to yourself to read...

    So this book is Catte's response to J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and the fiction she believes he helps perpetuate. Catte thinks Elegy has helped propagate and feed the myth that Appalachia is populated exclusively with poor, uneducated, racist white people who all voted for Trump. W...

    ?How did journalists and correspondents for the New York Times as well as scholars not catch these acts of generalizing and aggrandizing on behalf of elite readers?? she asks. ?How did we trade in the breadth of diversity the region has to offer for one view? While reading Hillbi...

  • Mike
    Feb 20, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

    "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term for what ails his region is 'hillbi...

    Very thoughtful and compelling. Designed primarily as a corrective to books like Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the coverage of Appalachia around the 2016 election, but worth reading on its own: a study of how Appalachia has been willfully misunderstood...

    I can't think of a more remarkable example of the paranoid versus reparative reading that Eve Sedgwick discusses in "Touching Feeling" than the contrast between J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Elizabeth Catte's brilliant rebuttal, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. A concise...

  • Miri
    Mar 24, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

  • Monica
    Apr 21, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

  • Ryan
    Feb 09, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

    "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term for what ails his region is 'hillbi...

    Very thoughtful and compelling. Designed primarily as a corrective to books like Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the coverage of Appalachia around the 2016 election, but worth reading on its own: a study of how Appalachia has been willfully misunderstood...

    I can't think of a more remarkable example of the paranoid versus reparative reading that Eve Sedgwick discusses in "Touching Feeling" than the contrast between J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Elizabeth Catte's brilliant rebuttal, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. A concise...

    Catte does an excellent job of making the history of Appalachia accessible here and tying this into present narratives about Appalachia. This is the book you should be reading about Appalachia not that ?Hillbilly? one. ...

    Catte's book is a welcome corrective to the self-aggrandizing poor-white-Appalachia version that JD Vance has been selling like hotcakes. Instead of trafficking in poverty porn, Catte offers a firm rebuttal of Vance's vision with a clear, progressive, inclusive path forward. The book e...

  • Ashley
    Mar 12, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

  • Krista
    Apr 19, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

  • Lucy
    Feb 08, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

    "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term for what ails his region is 'hillbi...

    Very thoughtful and compelling. Designed primarily as a corrective to books like Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the coverage of Appalachia around the 2016 election, but worth reading on its own: a study of how Appalachia has been willfully misunderstood...

    I can't think of a more remarkable example of the paranoid versus reparative reading that Eve Sedgwick discusses in "Touching Feeling" than the contrast between J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Elizabeth Catte's brilliant rebuttal, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. A concise...

    Catte does an excellent job of making the history of Appalachia accessible here and tying this into present narratives about Appalachia. This is the book you should be reading about Appalachia not that ?Hillbilly? one. ...

    Catte's book is a welcome corrective to the self-aggrandizing poor-white-Appalachia version that JD Vance has been selling like hotcakes. Instead of trafficking in poverty porn, Catte offers a firm rebuttal of Vance's vision with a clear, progressive, inclusive path forward. The book e...

    If you shared any articles analyzing the 2016 election through the lens of coal miners in West Virginia -- either from the perspective of casting blame or calling for empathy -- and especially if you read and enjoyed J.D. Vance's horrible Hillbilly Elegy, you owe it to yourself to read...

  • Josh
    Mar 30, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

    "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term for what ails his region is 'hillbi...

    Very thoughtful and compelling. Designed primarily as a corrective to books like Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the coverage of Appalachia around the 2016 election, but worth reading on its own: a study of how Appalachia has been willfully misunderstood...

    I can't think of a more remarkable example of the paranoid versus reparative reading that Eve Sedgwick discusses in "Touching Feeling" than the contrast between J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Elizabeth Catte's brilliant rebuttal, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. A concise...

    Catte does an excellent job of making the history of Appalachia accessible here and tying this into present narratives about Appalachia. This is the book you should be reading about Appalachia not that ?Hillbilly? one. ...

    Catte's book is a welcome corrective to the self-aggrandizing poor-white-Appalachia version that JD Vance has been selling like hotcakes. Instead of trafficking in poverty porn, Catte offers a firm rebuttal of Vance's vision with a clear, progressive, inclusive path forward. The book e...

    If you shared any articles analyzing the 2016 election through the lens of coal miners in West Virginia -- either from the perspective of casting blame or calling for empathy -- and especially if you read and enjoyed J.D. Vance's horrible Hillbilly Elegy, you owe it to yourself to read...

    So this book is Catte's response to J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and the fiction she believes he helps perpetuate. Catte thinks Elegy has helped propagate and feed the myth that Appalachia is populated exclusively with poor, uneducated, racist white people who all voted for Trump. W...

  • Jessaka
    Mar 15, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

  • Seth D Michaels
    Feb 06, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

    "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term for what ails his region is 'hillbi...

    Very thoughtful and compelling. Designed primarily as a corrective to books like Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the coverage of Appalachia around the 2016 election, but worth reading on its own: a study of how Appalachia has been willfully misunderstood...

  • Scott Schneider
    Mar 19, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

  • David
    Mar 18, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

  • Melanie
    Feb 19, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

  • Karin
    Mar 16, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

  • Anna Marie
    Apr 05, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

    "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term for what ails his region is 'hillbi...

    Very thoughtful and compelling. Designed primarily as a corrective to books like Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the coverage of Appalachia around the 2016 election, but worth reading on its own: a study of how Appalachia has been willfully misunderstood...

    I can't think of a more remarkable example of the paranoid versus reparative reading that Eve Sedgwick discusses in "Touching Feeling" than the contrast between J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Elizabeth Catte's brilliant rebuttal, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. A concise...

    Catte does an excellent job of making the history of Appalachia accessible here and tying this into present narratives about Appalachia. This is the book you should be reading about Appalachia not that ?Hillbilly? one. ...

    Catte's book is a welcome corrective to the self-aggrandizing poor-white-Appalachia version that JD Vance has been selling like hotcakes. Instead of trafficking in poverty porn, Catte offers a firm rebuttal of Vance's vision with a clear, progressive, inclusive path forward. The book e...

    If you shared any articles analyzing the 2016 election through the lens of coal miners in West Virginia -- either from the perspective of casting blame or calling for empathy -- and especially if you read and enjoyed J.D. Vance's horrible Hillbilly Elegy, you owe it to yourself to read...

    So this book is Catte's response to J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and the fiction she believes he helps perpetuate. Catte thinks Elegy has helped propagate and feed the myth that Appalachia is populated exclusively with poor, uneducated, racist white people who all voted for Trump. W...

    ?How did journalists and correspondents for the New York Times as well as scholars not catch these acts of generalizing and aggrandizing on behalf of elite readers?? she asks. ?How did we trade in the breadth of diversity the region has to offer for one view? While reading Hillbi...

    This a great counterpoint to J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, and a great primer in the revolutionary history of appalachians. The second section in particular, which directly addressed some of the ideas from Vance's book, is particularly great. It helped to put a more solid explanation t...

    As a rebuttal to "Hillbilly Elegy," this book is much more factual. The author writes about the Scots-Irish myth of the Appalachian area, how the peoples of this area are no more homogeneous than other rural areas in the USA. How the poverty of it's people can be alleviated by insiders...

  • Sean
    Jan 25, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

  • Matthew Noe
    Feb 10, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

  • Charlie Compton
    Feb 15, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

    "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term for what ails his region is 'hillbi...

    Very thoughtful and compelling. Designed primarily as a corrective to books like Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the coverage of Appalachia around the 2016 election, but worth reading on its own: a study of how Appalachia has been willfully misunderstood...

    I can't think of a more remarkable example of the paranoid versus reparative reading that Eve Sedgwick discusses in "Touching Feeling" than the contrast between J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Elizabeth Catte's brilliant rebuttal, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. A concise...

    Catte does an excellent job of making the history of Appalachia accessible here and tying this into present narratives about Appalachia. This is the book you should be reading about Appalachia not that ?Hillbilly? one. ...

    Catte's book is a welcome corrective to the self-aggrandizing poor-white-Appalachia version that JD Vance has been selling like hotcakes. Instead of trafficking in poverty porn, Catte offers a firm rebuttal of Vance's vision with a clear, progressive, inclusive path forward. The book e...

    If you shared any articles analyzing the 2016 election through the lens of coal miners in West Virginia -- either from the perspective of casting blame or calling for empathy -- and especially if you read and enjoyed J.D. Vance's horrible Hillbilly Elegy, you owe it to yourself to read...

    So this book is Catte's response to J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and the fiction she believes he helps perpetuate. Catte thinks Elegy has helped propagate and feed the myth that Appalachia is populated exclusively with poor, uneducated, racist white people who all voted for Trump. W...

    ?How did journalists and correspondents for the New York Times as well as scholars not catch these acts of generalizing and aggrandizing on behalf of elite readers?? she asks. ?How did we trade in the breadth of diversity the region has to offer for one view? While reading Hillbi...

    This a great counterpoint to J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, and a great primer in the revolutionary history of appalachians. The second section in particular, which directly addressed some of the ideas from Vance's book, is particularly great. It helped to put a more solid explanation t...

  • Bruce
    Feb 28, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

  • Mary Ralph
    Apr 21, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

  • Colleen E. Wynn
    Jan 17, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

    "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term for what ails his region is 'hillbi...

    Very thoughtful and compelling. Designed primarily as a corrective to books like Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and the coverage of Appalachia around the 2016 election, but worth reading on its own: a study of how Appalachia has been willfully misunderstood...

    I can't think of a more remarkable example of the paranoid versus reparative reading that Eve Sedgwick discusses in "Touching Feeling" than the contrast between J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Elizabeth Catte's brilliant rebuttal, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. A concise...

    Catte does an excellent job of making the history of Appalachia accessible here and tying this into present narratives about Appalachia. This is the book you should be reading about Appalachia not that ?Hillbilly? one. ...

  • Rachel Blakeman
    Feb 12, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

  • Bookforum Magazine
    Jan 24, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...

    I'm not sure what I am getting wrong about Appalachia and I just finished this book. The author didn't seem to know where she wanted to go with this aside from getting it out the door to capitalize on the enthusiasm about "Hillbilly Elegy." It had a very haphazard "structure" that neve...

    Instead of ?Hillbilly Elegy?, read this book, which celebrates the diversity, pluck, and beauty of Appalachia. ...

    Summarizing this book is an act in creating understatements, because in under 150 pages it addresses the outsider stereotyping of Appalachia as the main hub of "Trump Country" and the story that West Virginia, et. al. was responsible for Trump winning the election; it tackles the logic...

    I had never read J.D. Vance's 'Hillbilly Elegy' after reading/hearing from other voices stating that it's really not a good representation of his subject(s) and that it's really more about a launching a political office career. So when I saw Catte's response plus a few other articles i...

    A wonderful rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy which shows the people of Appalachia as resilient and defiant with a long history of opposition to the powerful interests that are raping their section of the country. I like how she wrote so much about the images we see of Appalachia through pho...

    I initially felt bad for reading this book before/without reading J.D. Vance?s Hillbilly Elegy, which it spends a third of its text criticizing, but now I?m glad I read it first and any lingering interest I may have had in Hillbilly Elegy is gone. In a fraction of the length, this ...

    VFOB 2018 author; read this book after you've read Hillbilly Elegy... or just read this book. ...

    A sharp, thought-provoking, fair, and well-supported book that treats the varied residents of Appalachian with dignity and refocuses the reader on segments of our population that benefit from those residents' misrepresentation. The tone can be a bit defensive, but, hell, I liked that. ...

    "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term for what ails his region is 'hillbi...

  • Duane Gosser
    Feb 28, 2018

    A Rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy While reading Hillbilly Elegy was a fun read, I also saw it as a book that held the same ideals as those of a certain segment of our society that believe that you just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get religion, and then all will be ok...

    If you felt at all compelled to read Hillbilly Elegy, do yourself a favor by reading Elizabeth Catte's work. She convincingly tears apart many of the stereotypes Vance perpetuates, giving a much more nuanced history of the region, from the vast exploitation of land, people, and resourc...

    I started reading Elizabeth Catte?s book and could not stop. I?ve underlined and written notes all through the text of course. My guess is that a good proportion of my friends saw thorough J. D. Vance?s hideous ?Hillbilly Elegy?, but it?s a monster best seller and soon to b...

    Not just a refreshing rebuttal to JD Vance's troubling memoir; a great leftist primer on diversity and agency in Appalachia. ...

    I?m going to quit my job and walk the earth with a knapsack full of copies of this book and hand them out whenever I hear someone mention hillbilly elegy. ...

    She gives voice to my issues with "Hillbilly Elegy" ("In Elegy...white Appalachians take on the qualities of an oppressed minority much in the same way that conservative individuals view African Americans: as people who have suffered hardships, but ultimately are only holding themselve...

    Everyone, please read this book. ...

    A vital rebuke of Vance, but more than that, a strong foundational history of the region that leaves you ready for more. Which, kindly enough, Catte provides plenty of suggestions on where to go next. ...

    Myths (not to say "Lies") about Appalachia have a long history of being used for various purposes, not often for the good of the region. Those myths keep the rest of ignorant, too, so that's why I'm strongly urging everyone to read this book. It won't take much of your time, but you'll...

    I finally made the time to finish Elizabeth Catte?s urgently needed book. The parallels she draws between the present moment and the attention paid to Appalachia during the War on Poverty are important. She traces an important alternate history of Appalachia, one of resistance and ex...

    This book is absolutely necessary reading. Push back against those ridiculous narratives of eugenics JD Vance is spinning and get to know some true Appalachians. ...

    Wow! I had mixed emotions during/after reading Hillbilly Elegy but was blissfully unaware of the ties to white supremacy movements and advocates noted in this book. This is a must read for anyone interested in the history and issues for Appalachia. ...