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Educated by Tara Westover


Why you should read this book:

This book is Tara Westover’s memoir, a true story, and yet the characters are sometimes beyond belief. For instance, the Westovers have an uncanny ability to survive the most extreme traumas. Traumas that many people don’t survive even with the best medical care, this family survives without setting foot in a hospital. Their father is staunchly anti-government and anti-doctor. His mania subjugates his family, who follow his will without protest. Their mother is a mid-wife who meekly surrenders to her husband, allowing him to maim and abuse her children. Through all this Tara perseveres, finding her own way in the world.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • Memoirs aren’t your thing
  • Books about deeply religious people bother you

What Educated by Tara Westover is about:

Educated by Tara Westover is the story of Tara’s unusual life. Her father is a bipolar survivalist with deep religious beliefs. Her mother is a mid-wife who brews her own homeopathic remedies and is obedient and subservient to her husband and male children. As a result of her father’s beliefs, the family keeps “head for the hills” bags prepped and ready, bury guns and gasoline all over their property, and amass ridiculous amounts of canned produce. All the while they suffer head injuries, severe burns, and lacerations but refuse medical treatment and still somehow survive, helped only by their mother’s essential oil remedies. Amidst all this craziness, Tara strives to get an advanced education and escape the manic clutches of her family.

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