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University of Wisconsin Madison Go Big Read

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This Year’s Go Big Read SelectionHillbilly Elegy

A personal reflection on upward mobility in America seen through the lens of a white, working-class family in the Midwest.

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About the Author

Keynote Pending

J.D. Vance grew up in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served in Iraq. A graduate of the Ohio State University and Yale Law School, he has contributed to the National Review and The New York Times and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank

A Note from the Chancellor

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has selected J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis as the 2017-18 Go Big Read book.

To learn more, see the official press release.