Educated by Tara WestoverTara 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 fathers junkyard.
Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. 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 Taras older brothers became violent.
Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if shed traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
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 ones life through new eyes and the will to change it.
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Historian; author. Alma mater. Brigham Young University (BA); Trinity College, Cambridge (MPhil, PhD). Genre, Memoir. Website. harryandrewmiller.com Tara Westover (born September ) is an American memoirist, essayist and historian. Her memoir Educated () debuted at #1 on The New York Times.
And now to our monthly segment Now Read This. That's our special book club in partnership with The New York Times that many of you have joined. A year-old steps into a classroom, not unusual, unless it's her first time receiving any kind of formal education. In the memoir "Educated," Tara Westover tells of growing up in a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho and eventually leaving to enter the world on her own, ultimately receiving a Ph. OK, so fill in the picture for those who are not familiar with the book, but your World view certainly changed over time, right?
The ground has shifted,” author Tara Westover admits with a wry smile. writing Educated, her gripping, read-it-to-believe-it best-selling.
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This is metaphorical. This is what comes of writing Educated , her gripping, read-it-to-believe-it best-selling memoir. In extraordinary detail, Westover, 32, details her childhood as the daughter of Mormon fundamentalists in rural Idaho. She grew up without doctors or an awareness of world history or formal schooling. But with the encouragement of one of her brothers, she got into Brigham Young University in Utah and now has a doctorate from Cambridge. Microsoft mogul Bill Gates has publicly praised it as well. Westover also has the seal of approval from book-lover-in-chief Oprah Winfrey.