Virtual Book Club: ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover
Virtual Book Club Chooses ‘Educated’ as First Read – Join In!
Join the new virtual book club with partners YSU Alumni and Friends, YSU’s Maag Library and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Following a survey, the book “Educated” by Tara Westover was chosen as the first selection. The book was 2018 Goodreads Choice winner.
The books will be discussed in Goodreads. The book club’s Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/ysuvirtualbookclub/
Read the summary by Goodreads from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35133922-educated
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
“Tara Westover was seventeen 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. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.
“Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when Tara’s older brother became violent.
“Then, lacking a formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
“Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it.”