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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Key insights from Jessica Bruder's

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century


Key insights from Jessica Bruder's

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

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An inside look at RV culture as a symptom of economic irony in modern America.

<p>In “Nomadland,” journalist Jessica Bruder exposes a forgotten class of Americans who live out of their RVs to stay afloat in today’s challenging economy. Bruder spent months traveling in a camper van to understand how these itinerant heroes — most of whom are single women — survive. What follows is a sobering examination of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in a time when such virtues seem more delicate than ever.</p><br>

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  • Want insight into a little-discussed reality of the American economy
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Introduction

While drifters have always been part of the American landscape — stereotyped as restless and romantic souls enchanted with the itinerant lifestyle and the openness of possibility it affords — the 21st century has seen the rise of wanderers of necessity rather than choice. These are intelligent, educated people who, despite their skills, have yet to find their groove in today’s cutthroat economy. These are people who can no longer afford traditional housing and rely instead on so-called “wheel estate” to survive.

Traveling the country in RVs, vans, school buses, and beat-up...

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