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The Author Of ‘Nomadland’ On Bringing The True Story And Real Nomads To The Big Screen




Frances McDormand in the film NOMADLAND.
Frances McDormand in the film NOMADLAND.
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The new film “Nomadland,” from Director Chloé Zhao,  follows a woman who sets off on the road after the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada. It’s the third feature film from Zhao and is based on the book, “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017), written by journalist Jessica Bruder. The film stars Frances McDormand and some of the real-life nomads featured in Bruder’s book. KPCC’s  John Horn talked with Bruder about the adaptation from the page to the screen.

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Jessica Bruder, author of the book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017)