A Memoir

Book - 2018
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"Tara Westover was seventeen 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. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780399590504
Characteristics: xv, 334 pages ; 25 cm


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AL_JANE Jan 29, 2018

Simultaneously dark, brutal, disturbing and tragic yet also hope-filled. If ever there was a case made for the importance of education, this is it. I was (again) struck by the influence of parents (and siblings) on the attitudes of their children and the unique power of religious institutions to shape beliefs. This book provided an insight to a world in which I, thankfully, have no experiential reference. The importance of access to a variety of ideas and perspectives, offered through education and libraries, cannot be underestimated.

Jan 04, 2018

What a gripping story this was. Tara Westover's personal story of her unconventional childhood and how she used education to rise above it was a very interesting, readable and inspiring tale. It is the kind of book that opens your eyes and teaches you about the world while still being an engrossing read. This will be on my 2018 recommendation list for sure.


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