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Educated by Tara Westover- A Summer Must

It’s one of the best feelings when you read a book you wish would never end, a book so inspiring and gripping that once you flip the final page, you get hit by the bittersweet sensation of finishing a story and losing a friend at the same time.

Throughout our lives, we go through school and university as an essential and certain phase of education. That education, we assume is an available and required journey everyone needs to go through. While this may be true for some, it is not for all.

Educated by Tara Westover is an inspirational memoir depicting the challenges the author faced against her rural, traditional family and community. Raised by a delusional and paranoid father in the middle of rural Idaho, Tara learned to fight society and her own family for what she believed in- the power of education.

Tara was born as the youngest of seven children to her parents Faye, her mother who works as a midwife, and Gene, her father who works as a metal scrap collector. Growing up, Tara and her siblings had to endure the paranoid and delusional thoughts of her father against the federal government, and as a result, were prevented from attending school, having birth certificates, and receiving medical attention.

Having her life dominated and controlled by her religious and strict father, Tara’s potential was suppressed. Afraid of being ‘sinful’, Tara was afraid of gaining independence and being who she was. Once fifteen, Tara’s older brother, Shawn became physically and emotionally abusive. At this, Tara truly considered going to university to get away from her toxic household. Once seventeen, Tara made the challenging, yet most rewarding decision to go after her college degree.

During her time at college, Tara shares her first experiences with the outside world and learned what it means to discover who you are. She describes her first encounter drinking soda at seventeen, learning to live with friends, and finally accepting receiving medical attention.

Taking you on an unbelievable and beautifully depicted journey, Tara shares with her readers the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and into the vision of whom you want to be -despite the opposite environment you may be in.

Written in simple, yet deep prose, the author beautifully captures her journey from being a metal scrap collector and practicing midwife to becoming a Ph.D. Historian and professor at Cambridge University. Throughout the memoir, the author shares stories and important moments in her life that made her appreciate, more than ever, the power of being educated.

A New York Times bestseller, Educated is an inspirational read aimed at young and older adults and was featured as one of Bill Gate’s favorite books. Educated is a Summer must-read.

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