Join UW-Madison students Hannah Klapperich-Mueller and Susannah Gilbert for a discussion of the 2017 UW Go Big Read book Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.
J.D. Vance didn’t write a book because he accomplished something extraordinary, he tells readers in the introduction to Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.
“I wrote this book because I’ve achieved something quite ordinary, which doesn’t happen to most kids who grew up like me,” Vance writes.
Go Big Read, the UW–Madison campus common-reading program, has chosen his story of growing up in the Rust Belt of Ohio and escaping generations of poverty as its 2017-18 selection.