Posted by: Karen | October 6, 2017

NOMADLAND by Jessica Bruder

Available now from Highbridge Audio.61UZVE2F9+L._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_

From the Publisher:

“From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they’re hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or “workampers.”

Building on her groundbreaking Harper’s cover story, “The End of Retirement,” which brought attention to these formerly settled members of the middle class, Jessica Bruder follows one such RVer, Linda, between physically taxing seasonal jobs and reunions of her new van-dweller family, or “vanily.” Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of both the economy’s dark underbelly and the extraordinary resilience, creativity, and hope of these hardworking, quintessential Americans―many of them single women―who have traded rootedness for the dream of a better life.”

From the Library Journal Starred Review:

“Karen White’s clearly enunciated, steady-paced narration nicely relates this densely packed information that is essential for all public libraries, especially those in communities experiencing this phenomenon.”

From the review at Every Day I Write the Book blog:

“I listened to Nomadland on audio. It was narrated by my friend Karen White, who gave it just the gravity it needed. Her precise delivery, verging on alarmed, conveyed the substance and urgency of the topic, yet she handled the book’s wry and humorous moments just as well.”

My recording experience:

This is one of those books that will stick with you, despite the barrage of news that fills the airwaves and interwebs daily. At least it did for me. Bruder’s writing based on immersive reporting experience opened my eyes to a new reality for so many Americans. A reality that’s both inspiring and scarily dystopian.

For an example of what I’m talking about, check out this video I found when I was trying to find out the correct pronunciation of “Kiva”:

Or, if you want the other side of the coin, here’s a link to where you can find out how to make this lifestyle your own.

Listen to a sample here:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  Johanna is the randomly selected winner and the CDs will be mailed out to her as soon as I get her address.  Thanks to all for entering!  I give away lots of books – to find out about them in the future, please consider following this blog, or my Facebook page, or on Twitter. Oftentimes, you can also enter there!


  1. We enjoy our older RV and the times we spend in it a lot. Hubby and I have talked about being workampers. I find having less to deal with (in a camper) makes my life easier and simpler.

    • Johannah, you are the randomly selected winner of this audiobook. I will contact you to get your mailing address.

  2. I remember when I was young there was a notice on the side of a box with a photo of this camper, saying that it (along with cereal maybe?) contained a piece of this camper. You could collect all the pieces by simply buying many boxes of this cereal, I think. I was really into that and bugged my Mom to buy that, we could build the camper. She explained it was a joke.

    It was the first time I understood that there were many jokes out there in life getting the better of me, understanding naivete, maybe. It was a real turning point in my life, because I felt like a sucker. I was 8, or 10. Are 10-year-olds still that stupid?

    Thanks for the mind jump. I read and review almost everything on Goodreads.

  3. I visited a friend who lives in a trailer park. It was an interesting experience, but living in an RV full time is not for me.

  4. I would like to have an RV to live in in my retirement years but for enjoyment only. Working and traveling from place to place because of necessity is not how I hope my retirement years go. I would still want a “home” base to come back to. Having a home means there is a place that is always going to be there for your family to come to especially during the holiday season. Plus I would like to have a home that is passed down through our family that holds memories of years gone by.
    Thanks for offering an audio version of Nomadland. I’m looking forward to reading/listening to this book it sounds very intriguing.
    Rebecca Rookey

  5. My grandparents and great grandparents each spent their golden years in RVs traveling north america. I think this would be a great family tradition to carry on.

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