Educated

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  • About the Book: 

    ISBN: 9780399590528

    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.

    About Liz Wigylus:

    One of the most respected snack-eaters at Alpenglow Sports, Liz Wigylus moved to Lake Tahoe in 2013 when an exploding enthusiasm for skiing, trail running and climbing demanded it. She has dedicated the past decade to strolling around on sometimes-big mountains and promoting sock tans and scars as sexy. She loves to spend time with Hueco, her dog named after a rock. She is still on the hunt for a pizza sponsor.

    Why Liz Chose This Book:

    Shocking is perhaps the best word to describe this gripping memoir. While Westover doesn’t shy from the ugly reality of the dogmatism and violence that defined and tainted her childhood, she elicits a humility and tenderness for the parents and siblings who also loved her fiercely, and for whom she still longs for nonetheless. Educated is an unapologetic exploration of personhood, grief, and the depths of love that leaves you considering your own self-determination.