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Educated, A Memoir by Tara Westover

Educated, A Memoir by Tara Westover

Pages: 352

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As a former educator and someone who spent twenty years of my life in school, I truly believe in the power of education. This is a story where you root for the underdog, the author of this book, who overcame amazing obstacles in her life. In this case, life is stranger than fiction.

What is Educated About?

In this remarkable memoir, the author tells of her journey through education, which only begins at the age of 17. Until this point, her father (a Mormon Fundamentalist) had kept her, along with his wife and their seven children “off the grid,” living in rural Idaho, away from doctors, dentists, and teachers. He stockpiled ammunition and hoarded food, waiting for the end of days.

Not only does she break away from this life, she exceeds her wildest expectations, earning a Ph.D. at Cambridge University.

Check out my downloadable “Books Club Questions for EDUCATED, A MEMOIR” at the end of this post!

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Check out the “Moloka’i” discussion questions and answers from our Book Chat in March. Scroll to the bottom of that blog post to view them. We were so lucky to have the author attend our last book discussion!

To check out our other selections so far, see our list below:

Small Great Things Virtual Book Club

Moloka'i Virtual Book Club

An American Marriage Virtual Book Club

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Lanie Silny

Tuesday 12th of February 2019

Your questions are insightful. I loved Educated because I related to it. As the only college graduate among my siblings and cousins, as a person with violence in my family of origin, as a woman. It led me to read another book, Hillbilly Elegy.


Wednesday 13th of February 2019

I started that book first but forgot about it! I need to finish it. I met the author of Educated at a book signing. I thought that everything I needed to know was in the book but she was really insightful and articulate in person, especially when talking about her family. Did you like Hilbilly Elegy? I also recommend The Great Alone if you haven't read it.

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