Read Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Online Free - From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they’re hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or “workampers.”
Building on her groundbreaking Harper’s cover story, The End of Retirement, which brought attention to these formerly settled members of the middle class, Jessica Bruder follows one such RVer, Linda, between physically taxing seasonal jobs and reunions of her new van-dweller family, or “vanily.” Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of both the economy’s dark underbelly and the extraordinary resilience, creativity, and hope of these hardworking, quintessential Americans—many of them single women—who have traded rootedness for the dream of a better life.
|Title||:||Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
August 02, 2017
This book is a peek inside a society that is right under our noses yet isn't acknowledged by anyone outside of it. An increasing number of Americans can't afford to retire and stay in their homes. Some of them who were renting can't afford that either. They have to live somewhere and are forced i...
September 23, 2017
This was an engrossing but very unsettling read. Similar to the book "Evicted"(Matthew Desmond), the author entered into a community, in this case-- work campers, following them on the road and working some of their jobs. She interviewed many folks, but followed a few in more detail. One woman in...
June 27, 2017
A surprising look at the people, mainly retirees, who are houseless not homeless. In a throwback to the 1930s they travel across America in mobile homes and converted vehicles, generally off the radar, taking seasonal work. Because they can't afford the lifestyle we should all hope retired worker...
July 30, 2017
If I could, I've give this six stars; it's that good. More to come.
Thanks to WW Norton for the advance reading copy.
October 13, 2017
I saw an interview with the author and was immediately intrigued. A fascination with Tiny House videos on YouTube led me to Bob Wells' channel and the discovery of the subculture of full-time nomads who live in their vehicles, sometimes on very little money and often "boondocking" for free, not g...
September 28, 2017
In Nomadland, a title that could surely have been improved on, Jessica Bruder joins a community of older Americans who live in vans and trailers, pursuing seasonal work and independence. In some ways, this book reminded me of Nickel and Dimed, though Bruder never conceals her true purpose as a re...
July 29, 2017
This book changed how I look at the world. Jessica Bruder spent years getting to know the growing band of Americans who can no longer afford brick and mortar homes and have adapted by living in their vehicles, which range in size from a Prius to a schoolbus. Their mobility makes them attractive t...
June 21, 2017
Fascinating - and scary, particularly for those of us who may have 'underprepared' for retirement. I can't stop thinking (and talking) about this book.
September 30, 2017
This was an interesting book. It is far from perfect but insightful and illuminating about a slice of life that I knew little about. The genre could be called "immersion" reporting, where the reporter lives with his or her subjects for an extended time to better understand their situations. Barba...
October 12, 2017
What an eye-opening read! I had no idea that a subculture of retirees in America, forced out of their homes from the 2008 housing crash and financial debacle, now live as portrayed in Nomadland: Surving America in the Twenty-First Century. Thank you, Jessica Bruder, for writing this book.
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