A largely unseen population of older Americans lives in vans and RVs stealthily parked overnight on streets, in store parking lots and at campgrounds. Many are itinerant workers in their 60s, 70s and 80s who travel seeking seasonal jobs. Their Social Security is often insufficient to fund their retirement. Jessica Bruder reports that the housing market collapse, the 2008 financial crisis and multiple websites for vehicle dwellers contributed to the emergence of the nomad subculture in the United States. Bruder offers an anecdotal narrative, a page-turner about older itinerants who may signal a redefinition of the American Dream.
About the Author
Award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder has written for Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post and teaches at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. This report is the results of three years of research and hundreds of interviews around America.