Educated by Tara Westover
Note: Our current book is “Journal of a Plague Year” by Daniel Defoe.
We really enjoyed this book. Tara was raised in an isolated fundamentalist Mormon household, and yet she was destined to be her own person, unlike anybody else.
“We used to think that education was to teach you how to read, think and plan what you wanted to do. If that were still the definition of education, then Val and LaRee Westover’s homeschooling was successful,” – Westover family’s lawyer
Educated is about Tara’s childhood and education. She never went to school at all as a child. Instead she started her first job sorting scrap metal with her dad when she was 10. Tara’s mother makes herbal remedies for very severe burns and a lot of other medical conditions. They live in rural Idaho in the shadow of Buck’s Peak.
Tara goes to Brigham Young University when she is seventeen. It’s the first time she has ever been in any classroom. From there she goes to Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. It’s a completely different world for her.