Family Pictures

Here are some photos posted by the author of his family



JD and Usha

Normally I wouldn’t post 2 interviews but NBC did a segment on JD Vance and his wife Usha, which also includes Amy Chua, JD’s Yale Law mentor. 

Maps and Numbers

For those of you curious about statistics in the Appalachian region in terms of poverty, unemployment, population and education, here are some maps and statistics to help understand where the Appalachian region has been at since 1980.

Appalachian Regional Commission: Maps

Community Commons: Mapping Poverty in the Appalachian Region



Hillbilly Migration

One of the things brought up by Vance is about the ‘Hillbilly Migration’ from Kentucky to other states through Rt. 23. Here are some articles about that migration, one of which is about that migration to Chicago’s neighborhood of Uptown.

Chicago Mag: Chicago’s Hillbilly Problem During the Great Migration

NewCity: Hillbilly Heaven: Chicago’s Other Migration fro the South

Chicago Reader: Norma Lee Browning Vs. The Hillbillies Where the Hillbilly Highway Ends

Forbes: Rust-Belt Cities And Moving To Opportunity: It’s Time To Get Back On The ‘Hillbilly Highway’

L.A. Times: Urban Appalachians Find Pride in Hillbilly Heritage

Jackson, Kentucky


Here’s a Google Map of Jackson, Kentucky, setting of most of the book. I definitely recommend using Google’s street view to ‘walk’ through town, same as we did for Moreland, Indiana. You can find instructions on how to use Google Maps on that link.

J.D. Vance Interview

Here’s an hour-long interview with J.D. Vance for his book on C-SPAN 

July’s Book: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Our book discussion for July is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.


As always if you or someone you know wants to join our discussion, they can pick up a copy of the book from the Circulation Desk on the first floor. The discussion for this book will take place on July 31st.

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