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Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
We think: eye-opening and unsettling
Francis McDormand is tipped for an Oscar for her role in the film adaptation of this acclaimed non-fiction portrayal of America's nomad class: van dwellers, people who have chosen, or been forced to choose, to live itinerant lives in their vans or RVs, travelling around the country and taking on seasonal or other short-term work, avoiding or unable to hold down the fixed lifestyle and long-term obligations of home ownership.
Jessica Bruder's book explores this subculture of outcasts, misfits, and nonconformists, exposing a darker side of the American economy.
"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, beautifully written, vivid, disturbing (and occasionally wryly funny) book." —Rebecca Solnit