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HILLBILLY ELEGY:MEMOIR OF A FAMILY...The common reading this year is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. This controversial best seller is written by a former US Marine and Yale Law School graduate who was able to escape the problems that are part of white working class Americans in the rust belt who can trace their roots to Appalachia. According to the back cover of the book it is “A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.”