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"Next Stop Reloville"

Life inside America's New Rootless Professional Class

"Relos" -- families moved every three or four years for their jobs -- constitute a new strain of the vast middle class. They are well-off but insecure, well traveled but insular. They roost in “Relovilles” -- young and affluent subdivisions of cities like Atlanta, Dallas, and Denver near glass and steel office buildings of multinational corporations.

Reviews of "Reloville"

“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

“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

“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 examines the price families pay in Relovilles as they try to maintain a bit of consistency in their lives and concludes that the trend isn't so much good or bad as just rather sad."--Time

"Relos, though they may not realize it, are expendable. Like pieces moved about a chessboard, they may be removed at the end of an assignment as no one at the company has thought about what to do with them. They are emptied out like fire extinguishers before being discarded."--National Post (Canada)

“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 without judging his subjects' choices.”—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

"The author is a longtime correspondent for the New York Times and it shows; the book reads quickly but is still thought-provoking..."--Library Journal

“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

"Next Stop, Reloville is a reality check for budding executives. Huge paychecks and stock options accompany an existence that’s nomadic and risky. The author’s relo-family portraits are among the book’s best qualities. Each family member is fleshed out enough for the reader to empathize with them. We understand the husband’s ambition to get ahead in the company, but we have compassion for the much-frustrated wife"-- The Reader, Omaha

"It could be that Kilborn is on to something. It's tempting to say that maybe Relos are stuck in "no!" and "mine!" They haven't really joined the family.Generally, though, this "rootless new class" seems to be doing quite well. Good for them, but is it good for us?"--Jamie LaRue, director, Douglas County (CO) Libraries, in Colorado Community Newspapers

Moonshine, Cockfighting, Ghost Towns, and Nuns

The back roads of America, articles by Peter T. Kilborn

"Class Matters," Excerpt

Chapter 10 of the New York Times 2005 book on class in America: "The Five-Bedroom, Six-Figure Rootless Life" Story of Jim and Kathy Link, then of Alpharetta, that led to "Next Stop Reloville."