People who thought the 2008 financial collapse was over a long time ago need to meet the people Jessica Bruder got to know in this scorching, vivid, beautifully written, disturbing and occasionally wryly funny book. Rebecca solnitfrom the beet fields of north dakota to the campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older adults.
These invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in RVs and modified vans, forming a growing community of nomads. Nomadland tells a revelatory tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one which foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us.
At the same time, it celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive, but have not given up hope.
How to Live in a Car, Van or RV--And Get Out of Debt, Travel and Find True Freedom
What i am is a guy with a huge passion for vandwelling and a strong sense of empathy for anyone trapped in our society who wants to break out. This isn't one of those books. By dogged persistence, and lots of study on the Internet, I have learned how to make my life as a vandweller into a wonderful life I want to share that with you.
Whatever your reason, this book will tell you everything you need to make it the best possible experience it can be. But you can find out for yourself by going to my websites to see if I have information you may want: cheaprvliving. Com, cheapgreenrvliving. Com, cheaprvlivingforum. Com and my blog at cheaprvlivingblog.
Com. We'll cover details like: which vehicle to live in and how to find it, staying clean, where to park, how to get electrical power, how to stay comfortable in the heat and cold, going to the bathroom, how to cook in a van, travel on a budget, how to get your mail, survive any bad economy, get out of debt, and so much more I can't list it all here.
My concern isn't that i've given you too little information, but too MUCH! I hope I don't overwhelm you with it all. I tried to remember back to my first few months living in van, and answer every question you may have. I think i have, and my blog listed above, but let me assure you that if anything isn't clear I want you to write me through the websites, the forum, and I will do everything in my power to make it clear to you.
Let me apologize for the inevitable writing and formatting errors in the book.
Secrets of RVing on Social Security: How to Enjoy the Motorhome and RV Lifestyle While Living on Your Social Security Income
There are some downsides to the lifestyle you need to be prepared for. My guess is that you will adore your new RVing lifestyle, but you'll never know if it's the right lifestyle for you if you don't read this book. It provides never-before-answered questions about living the attractive RVing lifestyle on a budget.
The book is designed to keep you on the path to accomplishing your goal of living an exciting retirement lifestyle while staying well within your budget. This book should be required reading for anyone who is retired or getting ready to retire. In this stunning new book, jerry minchey takes you on a journey that lets you discover how you can travel around the country and live the trendy, and fascinating RV lifestyle for far less than it costs you to live in your stick and brick home.
Readers all over the us and europe have discovered the joys of retiring and living full time in an RV after reading Jerry Minchey's Amazon #1 best-selling book in Senior Travel Guides, Motorhome, and RV Retirement Living: The Most Enjoyable and Least Expensive Way to Retire. Now in this new epic book, secrets of rving on Social Security, he shows you step-by-step how to enjoy the RVing lifestyle while traveling and living on just your Social Security income.
Imagine leaping out of bed every morning ready to cherish every day of your new adventurous life. At every fork in the road, you will be free to go wherever whim and chance might take you. You will also discover how other retirees are supplementing their retirement income while living full-time in their motorhome.
Many people are actually adding to their savings while having the time of their lives living the RV lifestyle.
Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
A beautifully written memoir that combines personal narrative with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland examines the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. It’s a powerful mantra” The New York Times Book Review. Finalist for the national book award and the kirkus prize* *instant New York Times Bestseller* An essential read for our times: an eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in America that will deepen our understanding of the ways in which class shapes our country.
Sarah smarsh was born a fifth generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side, and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side. Through her experiences growing up on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita, we are given a unique and essential look into the lives of poor and working class Americans living in the heartland.
During sarah’s turbulent childhood in kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, she enjoyed the freedom of a country childhood, abusive relationships, but observed the painful challenges of the poverty around her; untreated medical conditions for lack of insurance or consistent care, unsafe job conditions, and limited resources and information that would provide for the upward mobility that is the American Dream.
A deeply humane memoir that crackles with clarifying insight, heartland is one of a growing number of important works—including Matthew Desmond’s Evicted and Amy Goldstein’s Janesville—that together merit their own section in nonfiction aisles across the country: America’s postindustrial decline.
. Smarsh shows how the false promise of the ‘American dream’ was used to subjugate the poor.
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
From distressed small communities in central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched. From the introduction of oxycontin in 1996, Macy parses how America embraced a medical culture where overtreatment with painkillers became the norm.
An instant new york times and indie bestseller, dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: "a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency" New York Times from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction.
Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope-and signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary in those facing addiction to build a better future for themselves and their families.
In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. Beginning with a single dealer who lands in a small Virginia town and sets about turning high school football stars into heroin overdose statistics, Macy endeavors to answer a grieving mother's question-why her only son died-and comes away with a harrowing story of greed and need.
An impressive feat of journalism, monumental in scope and urgent in its implications. Jennifer latson, The Boston Globe.
Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town
Reads like an odd?and oddly satisfying?fusion of George Packer’s The Unwinding and one of Michael Lewis’ real-life financial thrillers. The new yorker : "Does a remarkable job. Beth macy, author of factory man: "this book should be required reading for people trying to understand Trumpism, inequality, and the sad state of a needlessly wrecked rural America.
In glass house, inequality, journalist brian Alexander uses the story of one town to show how seeds sown 35 years ago have sprouted to give us Trumpism, and an eroding national cohesion. The anchor hocking glass company, once the world’s largest maker of glass tableware, was the base on which Lancaster’s society was built.
Alexander supplies plenty of answers. Laura miller, Slate: "This book hunts bigger game. Today it is damaged, discouraged, and fighting for its future. I wish I had written it. In 1947, forbes magazine declared Lancaster, Ohio the epitome of the all-American town. As glass House unfolds, bankruptcy looms. We follow ceo sam solomon, an african-american leading the nearly all-white town’s biggest private employer, as he tries to rescue the company from the New York private equity firm that hired him.
Meanwhile, the fourth generation to work at anchor hocking; joe piccolo, alexander goes behind the scenes, entwined with the lives of residents as they wrestle with heroin, first-time director of the annual music festival who discovers the town relies on him, for salvation; Jason Roach, high-interest lenders, and the new demands of American life: people like Brian Gossett, and it, who police believed may have been Lancaster’s biggest drug dealer; and Eric Brown, technology, politics, low wage jobs, a local football hero-turned-cop who comes to realize that he can never arrest Lancaster’s real problems.
The Fifth Risk
The commerce department may not have enough staff to conduct the 2020 Census properly. Over at energy, where international nuclear risk is managed, it’s not clear there will be enough inspectors to track and locate black market uranium before terrorists do. Willful ignorance plays a role in these looming disasters.
In agriculture the funding of vital programs like food stamps and school lunches is being slashed. New york times bestsellerwhat are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?"The election happened, " remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy.
Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them. Michael lewis’s brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders. Michael lewis finds them, and he asks them what keeps them up at night. If your ambition is to maximize short-term gains without regard to the long-term cost, you are better off not knowing those costs.
There is upside to ignorance, and downside to knowledge. And then there was radio silence. Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace.
Summary of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century: Conversation Starters
Copyright 2018 download your copy now on saleRead it on your PC, iOS or Android smartphone, Mac, tablet devices. Conversation starters is peppered with questions designed tobring us beneath the surface of the pageand invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to create hours of conversation: • foster a deeper understanding of the book• Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups• Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately• Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource to supplement the original book, enhancing your experience.
The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. The book has received rave reviews since its release in September 2017 and just one month later it was ranked #1 in Geography Textbooks and Gerontology-Social Sciences on Amazon. Nomadland: surviving america in the twenty-first century by jessica Bruder: Conversation Starters Get to know the men and women who call themselves “workampers” in Jessica Bruder’s book entitled Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century.
You’ll learn what life is like for them, the good and the bad, and the why and how of it all. A brief look inside: every good book contains a world far DEEPERthan the surface of its pages. Based on her research, mostly retirement age, who have given up their homes and are now living a nomadic lifestyle, the author takes you inside the world of a group of Americans, just to make ends meet.
If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.
Gripping and unforgettable, KooKooLand is a triumph. The story that unfolds is a profound portrait of how violence echoes through a family, and through a community. From the tragedy, gloria finds a way to carve out a future on her own terms and ends up just where she wants to be. Chilling, intensely moving, and darkly funny, it cuts to the heart and soul of a troubled American family, and announces the arrival of a startlingly original voice.
Gloria norris grew up in the projects of Manchester, New Hampshire with her parents, her sister, and her cat, Virginia, Sylvester. Hunting, to slasher movies, to the racetrack, and to his parents’ dingy bar—a hole in the wall with pickled eggs and pickled alkies. Jimmy takes Gloria everywhere.
A snapshot might show a happy, young family, but only a dummkopf would buy that. Nine-year-old Gloria is gutsy and wisecracking. Her father, jimmy, all dazzle and danger, is often on the far side of the law and makes his own rules—which everyone else better follow. But it is at hank piasecny’s gun shop that Gloria meets the person who will change her life.
While hank and jimmy trade good-humored insults, Gloria comes under the spell of Hank’s college-age daughter, Susan. Brilliant, pretty, and ambitious, kind, susan is everything Gloria longs to be—and can be, provided she dreams big and aces third grade like Susan tells her to.
How to get the most for your money and not get burned updated March 2017 - Buying a Used Motorhome
In this book, you'll learn just about everything you need to know to find the right motorhome at the right price and not get burned in the process. You'll learn about the kinds of motorhomes to look for, where to find the best deals and how to get the best prices, and how to avoid 'deal killers'. You'll find checklists to use when inspecting a motorhome, scripts to use when calling a seller, and tips on how to negotiate with sellers to get the price you want, and how to know when it's best to walk away from a deal.
You'll also find recommended best buys in used motorhomes, photos of different motorhome types, and tips that can guide you through a fun and money saving motorhome buying experience. Some of things covered in this informative book include:* understanding the different motorhome classes* should you buy new or used?* the importance of getting seat time before you buy* why finding the perfect seller can save you a lot of money* How to know when you're paying too much* How to effectively search for motorhomes online* How to respond to online motorhome ads* Pre purchase checklists* How to properly road test a motorhome* Friendly negotiating techniques that'll get you the best price* Deal Killers you'll want to avoid* Best Buy in Used Motorhomes* Motorhome fuel mileage – why it matters and how to maximize mpg* After the sale – what to do nextYou'll find all this plus a lot more in 'Buying a Used Motorhome - How to get the most for your money and not get burned'.
It's a fun and fast paced read that can save you several thousand dollars on your next motorhome purchase!** Updated March 2017 with latest info and new information! If you've ever thought of buying a motorhome, this is the book you'll want to read first.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work. A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley. A national bestseller"chilling…Reads like a West Coast version of All the President’s Men. The new york times book reviewthe full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.
In 2014, theranos founder and ceo elizabeth holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as larry ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.