The inspiration for Chloé Zhao's 2020 Golden Lion award-winning film starring Frances McDormand.
"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
From the beet fields of North Dakota to the campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce 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.
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The American Dream is as precarious as it is precious—leading many older Americans to abandon it in favor of a different dream altogether. Journalist Jessica Bruder’s compelling nonfiction book profiles a diverse group of individuals who have opted for a nomadic life, trading in traditional “stick and brick” homes for RVs, campers, and even cars. Each of the people Bruder introduces us to lost their tenuous place in the middle class to circumstances like illness, divorce, and the Great Recession. And instead of fighting an uphill battle to return to their previous positions, they opted out, forming an amazing community devoted to each other and the appeal of the open road. We found it eye-opening to view the world from the perspectives of these perpetual travelers, who emphasize that they’re houseless, not homeless. While it’s shocking that these resourceful Americans all slipped through the cracks, what stuck with us is their hope, generosity, and adventurous spirit. Nomadland has been adapted into an acclaimed movie starring Frances McDormand, and we highly recommend reading the moving real-life accounts that inspired it.
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So good and fascinating! I loved it and can’t wait to watch the movie.