“You will never forget the people whose stories Bruder tells. Proud, resourceful, screwed-over, funny and in so many ways admirable, the American nomads Bruder lived with and reports on have sometimes lost everything but their bravado . . . [she] tells their stories with humanity and wit."
— LOUISE ERDRICH, author of The Round House
"What photographer Jacob Riis did for the tenement poor in How the Other Half Lives (1890) and what novelist Upton Sinclair did for stockyard workers in The Jungle (1906), journalist Bruder now does for a segment of today's older Americans forced to eke out a living as migrant workers. . .[a] powerhouse of a book. . .in the best immersive-journalism tradition, Bruder records her misadventures driving and living in a van. . .visceral and haunting reporting."
— BOOKLIST, starred review
Journalist Jessica Bruder presents Nomadland, a revelatory work of in-depth narrative journalism about a new American workforce and a shift away from retirement as we know it.
Nomadland explores the phenomenon of older, low-income Americans who can no longer afford to retire in the wake of the 2008 recession, and the nomadic labor communities they form. From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us.