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Hillbilly Elegy Book + Film Discussion

Hillbilly Elegy Book + Film Discussion

We are hosting a one-night discussion of the book and film Hillbilly Elegy. Students who sign up will receive a free copy of J.D. Vance's book.


Tuesday, January 26, 2021
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Plains Room, Memorial Union

New York Times best-seller Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis is a 2016 memoir by J.D. Vance about growing up in America's white working class. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. It tackles the struggles of a family and culture trying to escape a legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma. A film version was adapted in 2020 and is available on Netflix.


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