Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. This book was written by an Ohio boy who was in high school at roughly the same time as me. So we are to some extent peers. His family was originally from Kentucky and went Northward for factory jobs (a commonality with my own dad's family). They brought something of their culture with them but they also brought most of their problems with them. The author was the first of his family to escape and achieve 'the American dream.' He joined the military and then used his veteran's benefits to pursue college education, eventually graduating from Yale Law. Now the story is getting really familiar. . . Change Law school to Seminary, etc. Except I wasn't the first in my family. The title and premise reminded me of a study I participated in some years back. My hometown turned out some enterprising individual who eventually became a tenured faculty member at Harvard. He asked my graduating class to participate in a study on our opportunities for higher education, upward mobility, or even gainful employment. His hypothesis was that most of my class probably had a significantly more difficult road to success than his own graduating class in the 1950s. It created quite the stir amongst my former classmates, many of whom had to scratch and claw for everything they've got and some who succumbed to circumstances and have never really achieved anything other than a meth habit. The haves were up in arms and complained that he was making the town look bad, and the have nots were more of the mindset that the town does a fair job of making itself look bad. I haven't finished yet but this book is probably only going to last me a couple of days.