Join cultural historian Lori Rotskoff for a lively discussion of the book, "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover.
Raised by survivalists in the Idaho mountains, Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her mother was a midwife and healer, while her father depended on her to help salvage metal in his junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received a formal education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent. Eventually, Tara taught herself enough math, grammar, and science to take the ACT, and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about events such as the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. She then went on to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. "Educated" is a gripping account of a courageous struggle for self-invention, fierce family loyalty, and the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. It’s also a “beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives,”
and an “inspiring reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power.”
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