2017-2018 Go Big Read:  Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

Photo of Hillbilly Elegy book cover.

Hillbilly Elegy is a personal reflection on upward mobility in America seen through the lens of a white, working-class family in the Midwest. The memoir traces both Vance’s family history and his own development from the hills of Jackson, KY to the Rustbelt town of Middletown, OH.

Press Release

Chancellor Rebecca Blank
University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is pictured outside Bascom Hall on July 30, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Read Chancellor Blank’s Press Release about the book: Go Big Read selects Hillbilly Elegy” for 2017-18

Panel of UW-Madison Experts – Keynote Address
October 9, 2017 — 7:00 P.M.
Memorial Union Theater – Shannon Hall

Dr. Kathy Cramer, Dr. Katherine Magnuson, and Dr. Aleksandra Zgierska (left to right)

Video of Keynote Event
(Must have NetID to access)

Book Resources

Go Big Read 2017-2018 Hillbilly Elegy Themes (developed by Go Big Read program)

Go Big Read 2017-2018 Guide to Teaching a Memoir (developed by Go Big Read program)

Hillbilly Elegy Reading Guide (developed by Go Big Read program)

Teacher’s Guide (developed by HarperCollins)

Book Website

Author Page on Harper Collins

Book Discussion Questions

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