Nomadland

Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Jessica Bruder (Author, Columbia School of Journalism)

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“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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming September 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35631-1
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 320 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“A remarkable book of immersive reporting.… Bruder is an acute and compassionate observer.” — Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker

“This is an important book.… A calmly stated chronicle of devastation. But told as story after story, it is also a riveting collection of tales about irresistible people—quirky, valiant people who deserve respect and a decent life.” — Louise Erdrich, author of Future Home of the Living God and The Round House

“Bruder is a poised and graceful writer.” — Parul Sehgal, New York Times

“[A] devastating, revelatory book.” — Timothy R. Smith, Washington Post

“A first-rate piece of immersive journalism.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Stirring reportage.” — O Magazine

“At once wonderfully humane and deeply troubling, the book offers an eye-opening tour of the increasingly unequal, unstable, and insecure future our country is racing toward.” — Astra Taylor, The Nation

“Some readers will come because they’re enamored of road narratives, but Bruder’s study should be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of work, community, and retirement.” — Peter C. Baker, Pacific Standard

“Important, eye-opening journalism.” — Kim Ode, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Bruder tells [this] story with gripping insight, detail and candor. In the hands of a fine writer, this is a terrific profile of a subculture that gets little attention, or is treated by the media as a quirky hobby, rather than a survival strategy.” — Peter Simon, Buffalo News