Next Stop, Reloville

Life Inside America's New Rootless Professional Class

Peter T. Kilborn

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An eye-opening investigation of the growing phenomenon of "Relos," the professionals for whom relocation is a way of life

Drive through the newest subdivisions of Atlanta, Dallas, or Denver, and you’ll notice an unusual similarity in the layout of the houses, the models of the cars, the pastimes of the stay-at-home moms. But this is not your grandparents’ suburbia, "the little houses made of ticky-tacky"—these houses go for half a million dollars and up, and no one stays longer than three or four years. You have entered the land of Relos, the mid-level executives for a growing number of American companies, whose livelihoods depend on their willingness to uproot their families in pursuit of professional success. Together they constitute a new social class, well-off but insecure, well traveled but insular.

Peter T. Kilborn, a longtime reporter for The New York Times, takes us inside the lives of American Relos, showing how their distinctive pressures and values affect not only their own families and communities but also the country as a whole. As Relo culture becomes the norm for these workers, more and more Americans—no matter their jobs or the economy’s booms and busts—will call Relovilles "home."

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1. Mobile HomelessThe psychology of place is essentially about belonging. Because it is a fundamental part of human psychological makeup, we know that all people need to belong. Each and every human being needs a place to call home.—Mindy Thompson Fullilove,The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and PlaceWhen I met Kathy Link in August 2004, she was forty- one, still a runner and straight as a spear. She was in the blond- streaked pigtails, red sun visor, and tennis whites she wore leading a ?tness class at the Forum Gym near her home in Medlock Bridge and winning a doubles match afterward.

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“Peter T. Kilborn’s Next Stop Reloville documents an important piece of social history.... A fair and well-written chronicle.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“Fascinating…. Kilborn shows how… for these modern-day nomads, their lifestyle takes an extraordinary emotional toll.”—The Washington Post
 
“An extraordinary account of people who can't stay put, who sacrifice community and friendship and stability and roots for the next promotion, the next raise, the next move, which they believe takes them one step closer to the top.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
 
“Meticulously attributed and balanced observations…. [Kilborn’s] look into a little noted and consequential trend in American life is revealing.”—The Boston Globe
 
“A thoughtful exploration of an important phenomenon.”—Washington Monthly
 
“Kilborn is a good storyteller, and these accounts... will be heartachingly familiar to any Midwesterner.”—Lincoln Journal Star
 
“A skillful storyteller, Kilborn captures the costs and loneliness of the Relo lifestyle.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“A solid update on the American rat race… [Kilborn] clearly evokes the rootlessness of [Relo] lives, with… everyone anxious about when the next transfer will come.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Next Stop, Reloville combines first-rate storytelling and sharp analysis… A must-read.”—Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Free Agent Nation
 
“A fascinating account of a new type of transient worker in America, affluent in their material lives but impoverished in their community ties.”—Stephanie Coontz, author of Marriage, A History
 
“In this sympathetic and arresting portrait… Kilborn takes the Willy Lomans of the present age and weeps for them.”—Rev. Paul F. M. Zahl, author of Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life

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Their hometown is anywhere | StarTribune.com
Remember that queasy feeling you got as a kid, traveling too far in the back seat of the car, right before you begged Mom to open the door so you could puke?

Brace yourself
- Star Tribune


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Peter T. Kilborn

Peter T. Kilborn was a reporter for The New York Times for thirty years, having covered business, economics, social issues, and the workplace. He was also one of the contributors to the Timess award-winning series and book Class Matters. Kilborn is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, and was a Professional Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Starting out in Rhode Island, he became a Relo himself with stints in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami, and Washington. He and his wife Susan live in Maryland.

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Next Stop, Reloville
Life Inside America's New Rootless Professional Class
Peter T. Kilborn

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
July 2009
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ISBN: 9781429938037
ISBN10: 142993803X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 272 pages, Includes ten black-and-white photographs
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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
July 2009
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ISBN: 9780805083088
ISBN10: 0805083081
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 272 pages, 10 b&w photos
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