Chuck and Barb found that they had a lot in common with their fellow workers, who came from all corners of the United States. Many had seen their retirement savings vanish in the stock market or had lost homes to foreclosure. Others had watched businesses go under or grappled with unemployment and ageism. A larger number had become full-time RVers or vandwellers because they could no longer afford traditional housing—what they called “sticks and bricks.” They talked about how Social Security wasn’t enough to cover the basic necessities and about the yoke of debt from every imaginable source: medical bills, maxed-out credit cards, even student loans.
I was delighted and surprised when I found Nomadland by Jessica Bruder available for loan at my local library. So I downloaded the book and have been reading stories of the forgotten victims of the 2008 financial crisis. I feel lucky and blessed to be where I am at the present time. Life for me could have turned out a lot like the people profiled in this book.