The Book Cellar
From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest 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 Americans. Finding that Social Security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road to form a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers."
In a secondhand van she christens "Halen," Jessica Bruder hits the road and reports on this dark underbelly of the American economy--foreshadowing a precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive.