Walden on Wheels
On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
By Ken Ilgunas
(New Harvest, Paperback, 9780544028838, 296pp.)
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
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Inspired by Thoreau, Ilgunas set out on a Spartan path to pay off $32,000 in undergraduate student loans by scrubbing toilets and making beds in Coldfoot, Alaska. Determined to graduate debt-free after enrolling in graduate school, he lived in an Econoline van in a campus parking lot, saving—and learning—much about the cost of education today.