Tara Westover


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Educated, A Memoir by Tara Westover

Summary: Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

Condition: Pre-owned, like new condition

My Personal Review: This book was a perfect book club selection. It was an interesting memoir and provided a lot of discussion topics for the group. We all enjoyed the story but agreed it could be better if she waited to write this in a decade. We all felt she wasn’t really ready mentally to write it and so the ending does feel a little unfinished. Very interesting story!