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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Jessica Bruder (Columbia School of Journalism)
Publisher: New York : WW Norton & Co, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 have taken to the road to form a growing community of nomads:  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica Bruder (Columbia School of Journalism)
ISBN: 9780393356311 0393356310
OCLC Number: 1073089144
Notes: Paperback / softback.
Description: 320 pages ; 211 x 140 mm
Responsibility: Jessica (Columbia School of Journalism) Bruder.

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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 have taken to the road to form a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves workampers. In a secondhand van she christens Halen, Jessica Bruder hits the road and reports on this dark underbelly of the American economy-foreshadowing a precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive.

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