Common Read Author
A Celebration of the 2017-18 Common Reading
featuring Hillbilly Elegy, a memoir by J.D. Vance which
looks deeply into his own struggles, the struggles of Appalachian
Americans and the struggles of America’s working class, as seen in
the life of an individual from Middletown, Ohio.
In "Hillbilly Elegy," J.D. Vance—a former marine who served in Iraq and who is a graduate of Ohio State and of Yale Law School—narrates his story of growing up in Middletown, Ohio, in a family with strong Appalachian roots. From the book cover: “With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history. A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, 'Hillbilly Elegy' is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.”
About the Author
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.
Currently, J.D. works as a principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two dogs, Casper and Pippin.