Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jessica Bruder

Narrated By: Karen White

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: September 2017

Duration: 9 hours 59 minutes


From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or 'workampers.'

Building on her groundbreaking Harper's cover story, 'The End of Retirement,' which brought attention to these formerly settled members of the middle class, Jessica Bruder follows one such RVer, Linda, between physically taxing seasonal jobs and reunions of her new van-dweller family, or 'vanily.' Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of both the economy's dark underbelly and the extraordinary resilience, creativity, and hope of these hardworking, quintessential Americans?many of them single women?who have traded rootedness for the dream of a better life.


  • Edward K

    This book helped me realize that you can make it. I am a senior and have not experienced what many in this authors’ travels revealed. I have since reading it looked up some of the businesses and appreciate the steps that have been taken to survive. Your book has help me see that all those RVs rolling by are not just having a good old time.

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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, Jessica Bruder