The Collaborative Ministry Teams (CMT) of the UU congregations of Belfast, Ellsworth, and Castine invite you to mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m., when groups will gather for a discussion of our second Collaborative Read, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.
That evening participants of each congregation will meet in their respective church offices to begin the discussion and later in the gathering, we will join together to share our thoughts via the magic of videoconferencing.
The book jacket describes Hillbilly Elegy as . . .
a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.”
Published in 2016 by Harper Press, this work of non-fiction was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Times book critic David Brooks says, “[Vance’s] description of the culture he grew up in is essential reading for this moment in history.” The Economist states, “You will not read a more important book about America this year”.