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

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder is a bit different from the books I normally share via my blog, but I feel it still fits the Off to See the View theme.

When I first picked up this book from the library, at Lizzie’s recommendation, I originally thought it was going to be about the 20 somethings van-life trend that has been picking up steam over the last couple years. Yes, that trend is mentioned, but the majority of the book is about baby-boomers who watched their savings and/or jobs disappear during the economic recession and how they turned to living in cars, vans, travel trailers, and motor homes in order to survive. It is about the struggle to become debt free and live with in their means, even if it’s in a way that society does not support.

I highly recommend reading this book, it is well researched and written. Jessica even went so far as to buy a van, convert it, and live in it for months at a time while writing this book.