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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

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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.

©2017 Jessica Bruder (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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    Karen K. Saunders 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining and thought provoking."

    I bought this book looking for a light hearted entertainment about those that choose to live "off the grid". This book is so much more. It really gave me a different perspective on those that were affected by the recession and their resilience to survive. It also opened my eyes about the "American Dream" and how big corporations (Amazon) are taking advantage of those just trying to get by. This story could be about any of us! I've already talked about this book and recommended it to others. Good luck Linda!

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    Susan M Werner 10-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An Honest Exploration of Nomad Life"

    I am not a nomad, but I have followed a number of them on YouTube, blogs and even Patreon. This book fleshes out the struggles those who live this life confront, but also the close community they share. I found it to be very informative and a sobering commentary on the direction our society and economy appears to be heading for the fast disappearing middle class. However, far from apocalyptic, it hints at the endurance of the American dream and people who are reinterpreting it in a highly creative and independent way.

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    Amazon Customer 10-13-17
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    "Heavy dose of left wing BS"

    I was looking to listen to a book about RV living not one sided political BS. I understand it's tough on the road but the author was obviously not looking to write a book about this lifestyle just a book to push her negative political agenda.

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    Heather 10-11-17
    Heather 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "My thoughts"

    Very thought provoking, harkens back to the times of the Depression, but this is now. it's amazing what we as humans are capable of. A great book.

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    NMwritergal 10-09-17
    NMwritergal 10-09-17
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    "One of my favorite nonfiction books of 2017"

    I rarely give 5 stars to anything, though if I do it's far more likely to be nonfiction. I especially enjoy books like this--long, narrative journalism in which the writer is also a character in the book but not the focus.

    I know a couple who did the "living in the RV" thing for a few years and tried camp hosting, which they did not find at all enjoyable. They weren't living close to the edge as many of the people Bruder encounters, so I was interested to read about other people and their stories.

    Bruder's book was fascinating and while it didn't depress me at all while listening, ultimately it's pretty scary that it's come to this: retirees slaving away for Amazon, as camp hosts, etc. to supplement their Social Security, which is often not enough to even pay rent let alone anything else.

    Some people say they want to live a mobile lifestyle, but many in the book appear to have been "forced" into it because there really aren't many viable choices.



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    "Truthful, heart-wrenching account of mobile lives in America"

    The stories are wonderful and rich and the book weaves a sad, warning story of possibilities of our collective futures. I recommend this book to any reader looking for a thoughtful and rounded view on the aging population and rv living.

    Unfortunately, I found the narrator's voice distracting and at times, her voice added judgment in places where I don't feel it was necessary.

    I appreciated the author's even story telling. It is a patient and thorough book.

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    ty 10-08-17
    ty 10-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hauling sugar beets to Drayton as we speak!"

    It was alright, accept for the liberal taking points. It's "white privilege" to lose everything in a recession and end up living in a van working for Amazon "a liberal company" for slave wages with horrible conditions... really? There where a couple more issues I had with this book but I digress, I'm about to get loaded with beets again. Cheers!

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    Richard A. Hill 10-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "investigative masterpiece"

    America on wheels in search of respect, dignity and a lost middle class life once assumed.

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    Dog andus 10-03-17
    Dog andus 10-03-17
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    "Enjoyable listen"

    We listen while traveling in RV and while this is an enjoyable read, I feel the author didn't portray the main character entirely acurately and came across as nomadic life being depressing instead of the lifestyle choice it is. The main character chose to live as a traveller and preferred it to the stuck in one place life. Instead of really understanding the freedom of this choice, the author makes it sound a terrible choice which it is not. Being stuck in a box apartment or house with no chance of travel, that is a trap. Far too much dwelling on Amazon workcamps. Still worth a read if on sale.

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    Snowbirdj 10-02-17
    Snowbirdj 10-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Tale of Two Americas"

    This was a frightening view of what America has become and where it's headed. Jessica Bruder embedded within this 'hidden in plain sight community' shows the humanity they find by coming together, the fears they live with, as well as the indignities they suffer. She also reveals the America that profits from thier labor and the America that refuses to see them and recognize it's obligation to them.
    I am shaken to my core after listening to this book. There should be something that I can do, but I can't think of it. I am more mindful of this population now and I will try to SEE them and offer them what I can if nothing but a kind word. I will also look at my City's and my County's zoning ordinances and begin to work to carve a place out for them.
    jc

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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