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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

by Jessica Bruder

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Employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers." Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects, accompanying them from job to job in the dark underbelly of the American economy, while celebrating their resilience and creativity.… (more)

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In many ways, this is both a heart breaking and hopeful book. The people the author profiles are making the best of situations they find them selves in not because of bad choices, but because in the U.S. people are disposable. They have made bold choices and are willing to do things that no one should be asked to do, especially in a country with as much wealth as this one. ( )
  grandpahobo | May 6, 2020 |
In many ways, this is both a heart breaking and hopeful book. The people the author profiles are making the best of situations they find them selves in not because of bad choices, but because in the U.S. people are disposable. They have made bold choices and are willing to do things that no one should be asked to do, especially in a country with as much wealth as this one. ( )
  grandpahobo | May 3, 2020 |
Book provides knowledge about the culture of older Americans forced to work terrible jobs and live in vehicles...a slice of American culture that makes most of us cringe. It's long-term investigative journalism, or is it? We get to know several travelers and watch one climb out of it...others don't. I found the book well-written, interesting and thought compelling. ( )
  buffalogr | Dec 29, 2019 |
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century was an informative book that discusses how some of the casualties of the Great Recession manage to survive after losing their homes and jobs.

The author spends significant time with those of us that ran out of the usual options for surviving but move into used RV's, small towable vehicles, VAN or their Cars, living on seasonal jobs as they scratch out an existence, but still try to find some joy and happiness.

The author, Jessica Bruder, does a good job of showing the struggles and successes of those among us that are often overlooked and scorned by the rest of society, but the reality is that unless you are wealth anyone in the middle class could be joining them in their struggle to survive. ( )
  joegibbs55 | Aug 31, 2019 |
Fantastic read. It seemed like it would be so hard to get through, but the author deftly managed this difficult topic of housing insecurity that lingers long after the recession. Well done. I consumed it in two days. After reading this, I am pretty happy we opted for that Subaru with the fold down back seats. ( )
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"There's a crack in everything. That is how the light gets in." -Leaonard Cohen

"The capitalists don't want anyone living off their economic grid." -Anonymous commenter, Azdailysun.com
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On the Foothill Freeway, about an hour inland from Los Angeles, a mountain range looms ahead of northbound traffic, bringing suburbia to a sudden stop.
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Foreword -- The squeeze inn -- The end -- Surviving America -- Escape plan -- Amazon town -- The gathering place -- The rubber tramp rendezvous -- Halen -- Some unbeetable experiences -- The H word -- Homecoming -- Coda: the octopus in the coconut -- Acknowledgments -- Notes.
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