Author Topic: Nomadland by Jessica Bruder (book recommendation): when frugality isnít a choice  (Read 861 times)

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Stories of van dwellers, mostly older, doing things some might do by choice, for fun.
But being forced into it by poverty, without any safety nets, is another story.
Amazing resilience shown here. And eyes opened to the hollowness of the getting/spending ďdream.Ē

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I've heard about this book before.   Just put a hold on it at my library. 


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I just read this, too. Much of it was not news to me because I had been full-timing in a truck camper and am familiar with Bob Wells and cheaprvliving.com.  But a lot of the book is a take-down of Amazon's labor practices and it definitely made me reconsider using Amazon.

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I just read this, too. Much of it was not news to me because I had been full-timing in a truck camper and am familiar with Bob Wells and cheaprvliving.com.  But a lot of the book is a take-down of Amazon's labor practices and it definitely made me reconsider using Amazon.

I have never really used Amazon - i think it came to Canada more slowly than in the States?  But yes, labour practices are things I consider when spending my money. 

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I just finished this a few weeks ago as well. Now I'm reading the book that 'The Ninth Gate' was based on because I wanted something less terrifying.

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I'll have to check this out.  Although, I will likely order it from Amazon.


I also enjoyed: Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom, lgunas, Ken.  This was living in a van by choice to get through school.

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It's funny about people who say frugality isn't a choice. In many cases, it actually is. Forced frugality (i.e. lack of resources) is often a result of a long series of bad choices.

I understand that some people are born in places where there is lack, but that's probably not the case for most people any of us knows personally. There are many people who grew up poor. In that case, it's the choices of their parents they're paying for.

I believe a lot of poverty could be eased if we educated our children on basic finances from a very early age, rather than virtually ignoring it. Financially literacy would make a huge difference in people's lives. That, and solid nutrition education.

And while I have my soapbox out, does anybody notice that since mandatory driver's ed was eliminated (in the U.S.), the driving experience has become increasingly worse? I see people rolling stops and rolling reds at an increasingly alarming rate. Gah!

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Driver's Ed is still mandatory in Ohio, it's just that your parents have to pay for it from a private company, not through the schools. You can't get your driver's license without it if you're under 18, though.

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Driver's Ed is still mandatory in Ohio, it's just that your parents have to pay for it from a private company, not through the schools. You can't get your driver's license without it if you're under 18, though.
A few sessions from a private firm does not equal a semester of education. Our school also had a car and the DE teacher was a coach. You didn't want to mess up during driving practice with coach and your peers in the car. The current system sucks, IMO.