Growing up between the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky, J.D. Vance found upward mobility from high school to the Marine Corps to Yale Law. But instead of focusing on this trajectory, his No. 1 New York Times bestselling memoir Hillbilly Elegy examines the struggle of growing up middle class in these white, working-class towns, while in a larger sense appraises a demographic in decline, fighting to cope with an evolving America. He shares his personal analysis of this culture in crisis.
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