Educated : a memoir

Published 2018
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"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 and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. 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 one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform 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. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.

First Canadian edition.
xv, 334 pages ; 24 cm
Choose the good
The midwife
Cream shoes
Apache women
Honest dirt
Shield and buckler
The Lord will provide
Tiny harlots
Perfect in his generations
Shield of feathers
Fish eyes
Silence and the churches
My feet no longer touch the earth
No more a child
Disloyal man, disobedient heaven
To keep it holy
Blood and feathers
In the beginning
Recitals of the fathers
What we whispered and what we screamed
"I'm from Idaho"
A knight, errant
The work of sulphur
Waiting for moving water
If I were a woman
The hand of the Almighty
Tragedy then farce
A brawling woman in a wide house
Sorcery of physics
The substance of things
West of the sun
Four long arms, whirling
Gambling for redemption
Watching the buffalo
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