Each month Abington Library will feature a favorite book from a faculty, staff member, or student. They will give a brief synopsis of their chosen book.
M. Amber Bramlett is Assistant Professor of Education at ASU-Beebe.
Nomadland: A review by M. Amber Bramlett, Assistant Professor of Education
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder brilliantly details the current phenomenon of Americans, many of which are older, living transient lifestyles. Bruder travels alongside these present-day nomads across the western United States. She explores the concept of "houselessness" and watches as these individuals go through seasonal jobs, long days of isolating travel, and nights in unfamiliar parking lots and campgrounds - all while trying to reimagine the definition of home. The book covers topics such as isolation, ageism, economic struggle, and survival in America since the recession of 2007. Through it all, each nomad possesses the common threads of dignity, ingenuity, and hope for a better future.