“I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.”
Thomas Jefferson to John Adams: June 10, 1815
Join your fellow alumni for good conversation (and even better company!) at our monthly Book Club discussions.
Monday, June 12th
Silver Diner, Clarendon
3200 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance
“From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream.
Delving into his own personal story and drawing on a wide array of sociological studies, Vance takes us deep into working class life in the Appalachian region. This demographic of our country has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, and Vance provides a searching and clear-eyed attempt to understand when and how “hillbillies” lost faith in any hope of upward mobility, and in opportunities to come.” – Goodreads editor