Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 2017 Ohioana Award Winner113402
Within this highly praised #1 New York Times Best Seller, J. D. Vance delivers a powerful, honest memoir of his difficult childhood between the Rust Belt of Ohio and Appalachian Kentucky. Shedding a new light on the cycle of poverty and hopelessness found in poor white America, while highlighting the pride, strength and loyalty of the hillbilly tradition, Vance brings us up close and personal with the socioeconomic and cultural problems hillbillies face today.
After serving in Iraq with the United States Marines and later graduating from Yale Law School, he moved to San Francisco and became a principal in a leading investment firm. As of summer 2017, Vance has returned to his home state, moving to Columbus and started a non-profit called Our Ohio Renewal to begin to combat the breakdown of the family, drug addiction and workforce problems in Ohio.