2019 One Read Winner: About “Nomadland” by Jessica Bruder

About the Book

Nomadland paperback coverNomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” is a compelling work of immersive journalism. 

Author Jessica Bruder describes the lives of nomadic workers who travel from one temporary job to another to make ends meet. Working long hours at beet harvests and walking miles in Amazon warehouses, these mostly older Americans live in their RVs, cars or vans and represent an increasing population of migrant workers living just this side of homelessness. Bruder provides both a critique of our current economy and a celebration of human resourcefulness and resilience.

About the Author

Photo of Nomadland author, Jessica Bruder

Jessica Bruder is an award-winning journalist whose work focuses on subcultures and the dark corners of the economy. She has written for Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Bruder teaches narrative storytelling at Columbia Journalism School and lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Max.

Biographical information courtesy of W.W. Norton’s website and jessicabruder.com

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3 thoughts on “2019 One Read Winner: About “Nomadland” by Jessica Bruder”

  1. This was my first One Read book and I found it interesting. The author immersed herself in the subculture of workampers for 3 years. She got to know several individuals and kept in touch even when she was not on the road. I was impressed that she actually bought a camper and worked a couple of jobs (even for a short time). I think she was very respectful in how she portrayed the people she spent time with and discussed in her book.

  2. Incredibly interesting. There are those who live in RVs, campers, etc. on a temporary basis or as more of a vacation. The people portrayed in this book are those who live this way full time. This is their home and their lifestyle. I find, after reading this book, that this world is frightening, especially with the jobs they must take in order to get by. This book is somewhat of an expose of Amazon warehouses and other similar companies who take advantage of these people in their nightmarish work environment. Although many of these people find freedom and joy in this lifestyle, it seems to me a very very difficult life.

  3. We are so glad you found this book interesting and hope you will come to some of the events in September. One event will be a panel discussion about immersive journalism like Bruder has done in this instance, living with and working alongside her subjects. Thanks again for participating!

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