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


HFK rated it ★★★★☆

January 08, 2018

I have taken some deep interest toward the American people, specifically the Southerns and economically lower classes. I am not sure why this is, but what I do know is that economically speaking Finland and America are very different in many aspects. It is often difficult to mirror experiences, s...

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...

Kelli rated it ★★★☆☆

February 01, 2018

I want to begin by saying that I listened to this audiobook and I definitely do NOT recommend that experience. I am truly surprised I made it through to the end. Trust me, get the actual book. (Also, this book uses lots of special jargon and because I listened, I may be misspelling these special...

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...

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...

Onceinabluemoon rated it ★★★★★

December 31, 2017

This was such a sad eye opening read, a whole subculture I knew nothing about, subsidized by Amazon. My husband and I listened in the car, I said how many stars, he said three, I bellowed 5, it's a topic I knew zip about and I was hanging on every word. He quickly upped his rating to four 😉

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...

Emily rated it ★★★★★

December 26, 2017

I don't read much non-fiction these days, but when I saw this one, I knew I had to read it, since I too am a nomad and have lived full-time in a motorhome with my husband and our dog for two years now. I found this book completely engaging, startling in some ways, and fascinating. This book is bot...

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