From the beet fields of North Dakota to the campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce programme in Texas, American employers have discovered a new, low-cost labour 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.
“Nomadland”, Chloe Zhao’s film, based on the book and starring Frances McDormand, is released on 5 December 2020
"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 "A first-rate piece of immersive journalism." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Stunning and beautifully written... brilliant and haunting..." -- Arlie Russell Hochschild - The New York Times Book Review "[A] devastating, revelatory book." -- Timothy R. Smith - The Washington Post " Bruder is a poised and graceful writer." -- Parul Sehgal - The New York Times "A remarkable book of immersive reporting... Bruder is an acute and compassionate observer." -- Margaret Talbot - The New Yorker "Stirring reportage." -- O Magazine
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