While I enjoyed the film based on the book, I found the book more interesting and informative. The stories of the folks who lost their homes through a variety of setbacks and the devastating 2008 financial collapse was an eye-opening and disturbing experience. Across the spectrum of education and previous income, the loss of jobs and homes wreaked havoc on thousands of people, but the effect of those who have "aged out of the job market" was particularly brutal.
Perhaps the most unsettling aspect is that large corporations-- that make billions and pay little or no taxes--use these elderly workers (from 60-80 years old) as low-paid, temporary labor for 12 hour labor-intensive shifts. Although most of the nomads interviewed kept an upbeat attitude in public, the consequences of the callous treatment by companies that use this disposable labor is disturbing, and regardless of trying to keep a positive spin on the situation, the nomads are not unaware of the precariousness of their lives. They have lost homes, savings, pensions, healthcare, and security.
It is disconcerting to learn of this subculture of people who have fallen from middle-class to "houseless" travelers.
Perhaps it is time for Jessica Bruder, to revisit this phenomenon in the wake of the pandemic.
After another week of rain, this morning is clear!
I also want pockets deep enough to put my hands in and to hold things, not those shallow pockets most often found on women's clothing. Maybe we should all follow Kamryn's example and write companies about what we want in the clothing department!