Wow. I was horrified and mesmerised by this incredible memoir. What an amazing woman to overcome so many challenges to get herself an education. And achieve such an extraordinary education at that.
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her 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. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
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My Book 5 of 2019
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Awards and Recognition: Recommended by President Obama and Bill Gates. NY Times Book Review Top Ten Books of 2018. Goodreads Choice Award.
Genre: Literary Fiction