Educated by Tara Westover
What it’s about:
“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.”– from Amazon
If you liked Hillbilly Elegy, I think you’d like Educated.
Who it’s not for:
If you’re squeamish about descriptions of physical pain, this book is not for you.
Why I liked it:
There’s a reason I studied psychology in college. Human nature is fascinating.
Why does someone become a mass murder? What does it feel like to be dying of cancer? How do you handle the logistics of an unusually large family?
How do you earn a Phd without attending school till before age 17?
This question drives the book, but there’s so much more: mental illness, brainwashing, belief systems accepted and rejected, family dynamics, isolationism and, mostly, confronting your history honestly without bitterness.
There’s a few heroes I love in this narrative, in addition to Tara herself who confronts her own story with transparency and courage. She dares to travel the road not taken.
Since I’ve read it, it continues to haunt me (in a good way) and intrigue me and fascinate me.