Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Jessica Bruder, read by Karen White. HighBridge Audio, unabridged, 8 CDs, 10 hrs., $34.99 ISBN 978-1-6816-8718-6
Actor White engages listeners in Bruder’s sociological study of a group of low-income, mostly white elderly Americans who travel from job to job in RVs to avoid the cost of a permanent home. These are men and women in their 60s, 70s, and even 80s who consider themselves not homeless but houseless, having lost their homes or opted to ditch their mortgages, taxes, and repair bills. Listeners will feel as if they are right there in Bruder’s passenger seat, traveling with her to RV campsites, researching, and sharing grief and friendship with the “workampers.” Among the people profiled is 64-year-old Linda May, who lives in a tiny trailer she calls the Squeeze Inn—“yeah, there’s room, squeeze in”—and works as a “host” in trailer camps registering newcomers, repairing RVs, and cleaning toilets all day. She then heads to Amazon warehouses for long, exhausting night shifts sorting packages. White’s friendly voice and easygoing conversational rhythm embeds listeners in the misery but also the camaraderie of these under-the-radar 21st-century nomads. A Norton hardcover. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 01/22/2018
Release date: 09/01/2017
Genre: Audio
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