August 23, 2011
In early 2008, Caitlin Shetterly, an established NPR radio reporter, theatre director, and writer, and her husband, Dan, a photographer, drove cross-country to LA with their dog and cat, hoping to dip into the prosperity that had lured so many of their friends. Then the recession hit. Less than a year later they drove back, with a newborn in tow and no job prospects, forced to live in a room of Caitlin’s mother’s home in Maine. Shetterly chronicled their hardships on a radio blog for NPR’s Weekend Edition, and suddenly to thousands of Americans, the new face of the recession was younger and more educated. In a memoir born of her blog and radio diaries, Made for and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home (Voice 2011), Shetterly shines a light on our worst fears—that everyone, even the young and educated, is vulnerable to poverty, to joblessness, to loss of hope.