I’ll be the first to admit that I have a weakness for reading a good memoir, in particular, fundamentalist-to-freedom stories. I’ve had Educated by Tara Westover on my Kindle for quite a while now and finally completed it this week. I love this book! Tara is an engaging and relatable voice, and although it is an incredibly painful read at times due to the tragic reality of her story, I could barely put this book down.
Although the story takes place within a fundamentalist Mormon household, the focus of the story is not on the religion itself, but the intimate details of Tara’s family themselves. Unlike similar
The Sound of Gravel and The Polygamist’s Daughter, to name a couple – this book does not mention polygamy or conflict with church leadership and the law. I really enjoyed it for a change – it felt like her personal story and not just another FLDS cult story.
In a nutshell, it’s a captivating story of one girl who grows up without any education due to her father’s beliefs and heavy hand, and lands the most incredible scholarship opportunities. Against all odds she works through some tough obstacles and obtains her PhD.
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