Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder

Into the Wild

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
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ISBN : 039324931X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Sabine rated it ★★★★★

November 20, 2017

Since my plan is to spend most of my time travelling North America in an RV when I retire I have been doing a lot of research on the subject of living in an RV. It was a very shocking eye opener when I first discovered that there are people living in cars, vans and RV's just to make ends meet. The...

Sheri rated it ★★★☆☆

November 03, 2017

Nomadland offers various talking points to ponder over and deliberate such as vehicle dwelling, the nomadic lifestyle, and economic issues. I got the most out of Part One which talked mainly about the reasons behind vehicle dwelling and thus my review reflects my thoughts primarily on that sectio...

Jen rated it ★★★★★

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...

Caren rated it ★★★★★

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...

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

November 25, 2017

Nomadland takes a deep look at the growing culture of van-dwellers and other nomads that attempt to live on the road, because they can't afford to live otherwise. I thought it was a particularly poignant read after reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City earlier this year, since...

Diane rated it ★★★★★

November 20, 2017

This book introduced me to a growing subculture of seniors who can “not afford to grow old”. Many parts of this lifestyle were upsetting as I am once again awakened to my privilege. Not all of the nomads in this book made bad choices so we can’t go around feeling like this could never happen to m...

JoAnn rated it ★★★★☆

November 19, 2017

Not at all what I was expecting, but an engrossing read nonetheless. This is the American dream gone awry for a sizable portion of 21st century retirees. The author joined the growing community of van dwellers for three years... learning of their hopes, struggles, and triumphs. Recommended.

Robin rated it ★★★★★

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.

Margaret rated it ★★★★★

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...

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