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    DescriptionIn 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 fol lowed. 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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    Title
    Walden on Wheels
    Subtitle
    On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ken Ilgunas
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 202 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 260 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780544028838
    ISBN 10: 054402883X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25580
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: WTH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T Approval Code: A19240000
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400, H37010200
    BISAC V2.8: TRV025000
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
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    BISAC V2.8: EDU013000
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    DC22: 643/.290973
    LC classification: GV1021 .I44 2013
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    Thema V1.0: WTH, DNC
    Publisher
    New Harvest
    Imprint name
    New Harvest
    Publication date
    14 May 2013