In “Hillbilly Elegy,” J.D. Vance tells the story of what it feels like to be born into a region and class that has experienced serious economic disruption. He shares his family’s story, starting with his grandparents’ move from Appalachia to Ohio following World War II in hopes of escaping poverty.
The book has people talking as it touches on a wide range of pressing contemporary issues, including opioid addiction, access to education, and the pursuit of the American dream.
That conversation will continue at the Go Big Read Keynote Event at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Memorial Union’s Shannon Hall. The event is free and no ticket is required.