Educated by Tara Westover

-Issy’s Book Club

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This book is the definition of a page turner. I have not read many autobiographical books in my life, most often favoring a fiction book, however I find myself leaning more and more into these memoir type novels. Educated shocked me.

Tara Westover’s book is a distressing & discomforting exposure of her upbringing in a Mormon fundamentalist family with a mentally ill, paranoid father. They grew up separated from modern society, Tara not stepping foot into a class room until she was 17 years old as well as struggling to align the doctrine she grew up with with a less conservative society.

I think education is really just a process of self-discovery—of developing a sense of self and what you think. I think of [it] as this great mechanism of connecting and equalizing.” – Tara Westover

Chris and I both read this book and really enjoyed it. It made me reflect on the privileged upbringing that I had and feel a bit guilty about taking my education for granted at times.


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