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Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom - Ken Ilgunas
Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
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In this frank and witty memoir, Ken Ilgunas lays bare the existential terror of graduating from the University of Buffalo with $32,000 of student debt. Ilgunas set himself an ambitious mission: get out of debt as quickly as possible. Inspired by the frugality and philosophy of Henry David... show more
In this frank and witty memoir, Ken Ilgunas lays bare the existential terror of graduating from the University of Buffalo with $32,000 of student debt. Ilgunas set himself an ambitious mission: get out of debt as quickly as possible. Inspired by the frugality and philosophy of Henry David Thoreau, Ilgunas undertook a 3-year transcontinental jour¬ney, working in Alaska as a tour guide, garbage picker, and night cook to pay off his student loans before hitchhiking home to New York. Debt-free, Ilgunas then enrolled in a master’s program at Duke University, determined not to borrow against his future again. He used the last of his savings to buy himself a used Econoline van and outfitted it as his new dorm. The van, stationed in a campus parking lot, would be more than an adventure—it would be his very own “Walden on Wheels.” Freezing winters, near-discovery by campus police, and the constant challenge of living in a confined space would test Ilgunas’s limits and resolve in the two years that followed. What had begun as a simple mission would become an enlightening and life-changing social experiment. Walden on Wheels offers a spirited and pointed perspective on the dilemma faced by those who seek an education but who also want to, as Thoreau wrote, “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780544028838 (054402883X)
Publisher: New Harvest
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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silverneurotic
silverneurotic rated it
4.0 Walden on Wheels
I purchased the Kindle edition of this book. In this frank and witty memoir, Ken Ilgunas lays bare the existential terror of graduating from the University of Buffalo with $32,000 of student debt. Ilgunas set himself an ambitious mission: get out of debt as quickly as possible. Inspired by the fr...
DeniseHC
DeniseHC rated it
1.0 Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
I debated giving the book 2 stars because I actually liked the book and the main character for the first third of the book or so. It made me a little more sympathetic to the millennial generation -- coming out of college, faced with debt. Not because I think their situation is really so much differe...
KCPolski
KCPolski rated it
4.0 Walden on Wheels: On The Open Road from Debt to Freedom
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of really interesting adventures by the author, and the part of living in the van actually only took up a few chapters at the end. I could see some parallels in how he described his spartan living, and even made tables to show how it worked out financially, ...
An Leughadair
An Leughadair rated it
3.0 "Walden on Wheels: On The Open Road from Debt to Freedom" by Ken Ilgunas
Why did I read it? I have a significant amount of unsecured debt which I have been paying off for years, and I am contemplating returning to university to change my life, so this book definitely caught my eye, having read the synopsis. What’s it about? Ken Ilgunas recounts his adventures as he s...
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