I started by reading Paul Theroux's 'Deep South' and was discussing it with some friends when an eavesdropper popped her head in and suggested that I read 'Hillbilly Elegy'. Both books were stupendous, both discussing that insular deep south without prejudice, wide-eyed and clarity. This one, Hillbilly Elegy was a deeply personal story of growing up in a very different lifestyle than 'typical' USA. Especially in that this was not taking place in the traditional deep south where we anticipate hillbillies to evolve from but from coal mining mountains of Ohio, Indiana with a shaker of Kentucky tossed in. My eyes were opened. It felt more like 1920s America and that's the way it is. Great book.