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

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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."


About Peter T. Kilborn

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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 Times’s 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.
Published July 7, 2009 by Times Books. 272 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Former New York Times reporter Kilborn examines the nomadic lifestyles of the estimated ten million American professionals "who were moved in the last year or two and will be moved again soon."

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Publishers Weekly

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Journalist Kilborn expands on his 2005 New York Times profile of the “relos,” rootless, upper-middle-class, mid-level executives, “an affluent,

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Tracking the lives of rootless corporate warriors

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Tampa Bay Times

As they trek from state to state or even country to country, Kilborn writes, "they create an insular, portable, and parallel culture with little-recognized but real implications for American society at large."

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