Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

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 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.

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  • 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...

  • 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. Som...

  • 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 workin...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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 w...

  • 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...

  • 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 a...

  • Fascinating - and scary, particularly for those of us who may have 'underprepared' for retirement. I can't stop thinking (and talking) about this book....

  • 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,...

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