Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
The end of retirement?
From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest 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 Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession...more
"At one time there was a social contract that if you played by the rules (went to school, got a job and worked hard) everything would be fine. That's no longer true today. You can do everything right, just the way society wants you to do it, and still send up broke, alone, homeless."
A whole society of senio ...more
12 April 2021: The film wins Best Picture at the BAFTAs!
A video review by a fellow mobile-homer.
Nomadland observes an America not so much forgotten as ignored, or never seen in the first place. Thus The Guardian to its audience about this beautifully made film...without minimizing its achievements, though, understand that this is strictly a white ...more
What do a former Washington State University academic adviser, former taxi driver, former advertising art director, former office manager, and former broadcast journalist have in common? Th ...more
I’m having a hard time reviewing this book. At its core it’s about a little known subculture of poor retirees who are basically forced by c ...more
took to the road after their savings were obliterated by the Great Recession. To keep
their gas tanks and bellies full, they work long hours at hard, physical jobs. In a time
of flat wages and rising housing costs, they have unshackled themselves from rent
and mortgages as a way to get by. They are surviving America."
I finished reading this book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century weeks ago a ...more
“At one time there was a social contract that if you played by the rules (went to school, got a job, and worked hard) everything would be fine. That’s no longer true today. You can do everything right, just the way society wants you to do it, and still end up broke, alone, and homeless.”
Nomadland is the three year study of a subset of retirees living the above quote. Either due to losing (or never acquiring) a pension, the housing ...more
"At one time there was a social contract that if you played by the rules (went to school, got a job, and worked hard) everything would be fine. That's no longer true today. You can do everything right ...more
They live in RVs, older converted vans and trucks, and occasionally ...more
It was a very shocking eye opener when I first discovered that there are people living in cars, vans and RV's just to make ends meet.
The author has spent a long time talking and living with these nomads and even working
the same seasonal jobs. So we get a very interesting and real glimpse at their current lives and what causes people to "c ...more
This book is both a sociological treasure and a very personal study. The nomadic folks profiled herein by journalist/writer Jessica Bruder are a little different from me and my husband, as we chose this lifestyle after ...more
The seasonal work they find tend to pay poorly and have terrible working conditio ...more
Nomadland started out as a frustrating read for me. The writing wasn’t great and the people were drawn superficially. Then about half way through, beginning with the chapter on the RV parks and the way of life in Quartzite Arizona, the book became more interesting.
First the bad, the autho ...more
我他妈只觉得一大波狼奶小粉红已经开始用爱国主义棍搅屎了 i just can fucking feel that a huge amount of patriotic wolf-milk-pinky morons starting to churn shit now
here says Chloe Zhao:
It goes back to when I was a teenager in China（要从我小时候在中国说起）
being in a place where there are lies everywhere（那里是个充满谎言的地方）
You felt like you were never going to be able to get out. （在那里你会感到你永远也触碰不到外界的信息）
A lot of info I received when I was young ...more
It's one of those pretty damning indictments of America's social fabric. And let's be careful about too much Canadian smugness until we look at our own seniors. ...more
This book is a reckoning. It's a revolution. And it very well could be a look into the near future.
🚐 Three years and 15,000 miles of roadways and back country // Journalist Jessica Bruder specializes in studying and reporting US subcultures. In NOMADLAND, she follows the "houseless, but not homeless" people who live out of their RVs, vans, and sometimes even compact cars. They pare down their possessions to the ab ...more
I was moved by many of their plights and felt the apprehension they must all feel as they constantly are just one slip, one engine light, one unanticipated event from disaster.
That said, where the author, who writes well, fails to elaborate is on how these folks got to such an awful nexus. Understandably, she can't be a prosecuto ...more
In Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Jessica Bruder explores the subculture of houseless individuals. She primarily addresses the decisions that people make in their 50s and 60s and greater. Lacking pensions or savings, they need to take extreme economic steps to survive on tiny Social Security payments. So they sell homes and possessions and move into motor homes or vans.
These are not people who choose to be nomadi ...more
I would have never thought that someone would write a book about those who live in trailer parks or who live in cars or vans, but here it is. The author interviews and follow people's’'' lives in this nonfiction book about poverty in America. These are people who have lost their jobs and their homes and have taken up the life of gypsies, a life on the road or in trailer parks all across America.
It is also a book about how Americans, especially the law, discriminates them, as ...more
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For her most recent book, "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century" (W.W. Norton & Co.), she spent months living in a camper van, documenting itinerant Americans who gave up traditional housing and hit the road full time, enabling them to travel from job to job and carve out a place for themselves in our pr ...more