Author: Jessica Bruder
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
First Edition 2018
FINALIST FOR THE J. ANTHONY LUKAS BOOK PRIZE AND THE HELEN BERNSTEIN BOOK AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS’ CHOICE
A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF 2017
A LIBRARY JOURNAL TOP TEN BOOK OF 2017
A BOOKLIST EDITORS’ CHOICE OF 2017
“People who thought the 2008 financial collapse was over a long time ago need to meet the people Jessica Bruder got to know in this scorching, beautifully written, vivid, disturbing (and (occasionally wryly funny) book.”
-REBECCA SOLNIT, author of Men Explain Things to Me and A Paradise Built in Hell
From the beet fields of North Dakota to the campgrounds of California to Amazon’s Camper Force program in Texas, employers have discovered a new low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older adults. These invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in RVs and modified vans, forming a growing community of nomads.
Nomadland tells a revelatory tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy-one which foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, it celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive but have not given up hope.
“This extraordinary book maps the chasm between what America wants to be and what it actually is.”
-KATHERINE BOO, author of Behind the Beautiful Forever’s
JESSICA BRUDER is an award-winning journalist whose work focuses on subcultures and the dark corners of the economy. She has written for Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times, and The Washington Post. Bruder teaches at the Columbia School of Journalism.
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