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

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

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...

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  • Marlene England
    Fascinating - and scary, particularly for those of us who may have 'underprepared' for retirement. I can't stop thinking (and talking) about this book....
  • Robin
    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....
  • Andrew
    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 workers r...
  • Sheri
    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 section. ...
  • Jen Naughton
    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 in t...
  • Brianna
    I attended an equity training workshop at my job today in which the woman leading the meeting informed us that we can now expect to see people working into their 60s and 70s. "Isn't this exciting!" Is how she ended that PowerPoint slide, but all I could think of was this book. I wasn't expecting to ...
  • Caren
    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 pa...
  • Margaret Sullivan
    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 glam...
  • Stacy Bearse
    Bruder describes a growing wave of rootless Americans, who wander the country in cars, vans and RVs in search of comradere and the next minimum wage job. Some claim to be victims of the housing bust and recent recession. Others claim a life of hard luck and bad breaks. Most seem to be homeless and p...

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