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This is really a story about former middle-class Americans learning to survive after losing everything. It’s a tale of the have-nots and how they cope in our land of ever-widening economic disparity. Most of all, it’s about building community and using ingenuity to create a new life.
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I rarely give 5 stars to anything, though if I do it's far more likely to be nonfiction. I especially enjoy books like this--long, narrative journalism in which the writer is also a character in the book but not the focus.
I know a couple who did the "living in the RV" thing for a few years and tried camp hosting, which they did not find at all enjoyable. They weren't living close to the edge as many of the people Bruder encounters, so I was interested to read about other people and their stories.
Bruder's book was fascinating and while it didn't depress me at all while listening, ultimately it's pretty scary that it's come to this: retirees slaving away for Amazon, as camp hosts, etc. to supplement their Social Security, which is often not enough to even pay rent let alone anything else.
Some people say they want to live a mobile lifestyle, but many in the book appear to have been "forced" into it because there really aren't many viable choices.
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