Ken Ilgunas

In Walden on Wheels, a 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 three-year transcontinental journey, 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.  He spent his nights in the van--parked in the lot across the street from The Regulator!  Ilgunas will be in the store for a reading and to sign books.
Event date: 
07/09/2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
720 9th St
27705-4803 Durham
ISBN: 9780544028838
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Published: New Harvest - May 14th, 2013