“Hillbilly Elegy” leads this reader’s favorites


Amy Hariton is a member and founder of the Three Bees Book Club in Cary. She was formerly a Spanish teacher and sales executive and trainer. She currently tutors Spanish and English Language Learners.

Recommended read: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance. It’s a must read for schools. Also, “Necessary Lies” by Diane Chamberlain about eugenics in 1960s North Carolina.

Currently reading:Dancing on Broken Glass” by Ka Hancock and “Thunderstruck” by Erik Larson, my favorite non-fiction author.

Who taught you to love to read? My mom inspired a love of reading in me and my brother. She had been an English major who later in life became a school librarian. She was always curled up on the couch reading a book when we came home from school.

What favorite book from childhood have you kept? “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren and “Corduroy” by Don Freeman.

What is your favorite book that nobody’s heard of? The British novelist Penny Vincenzi is my favorite fiction author. Her trilogy, “No Angel,” “Something Dangerous” and “Into Temptation” are not well known, but they are excellent reads.

What movie was better than the book? I thought the “A Man Called Ove” and “The Light Between Oceans” were better as pictures than novels. They came alive more for me.

Where do you go for book recommendations? I get most of my new book recommendations from the Sunday “New York Times” book reviews. I also get them from friends, other members of my book group, and from friends in Florida who are voracious readers.

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

J. D. Vance

Harper, 272 pages