An extraordinary memoir about a girl who, stayed out of school, leaves her survivalist household and goes on to make a PhD from Cambridge University
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the very first time she entered a class. Her household was so separated from traditional society that there was nobody to make sure the kids got an education and nobody to step in when among Tara’s older siblings ended up being violent. When another bro got himself into college, Tara chose to attempt a brand-new type of life. Her mission for understanding changed her, taking her over oceans and throughout continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she question if she’d took a trip too far, if there was still a method house.
“Beautiful and propulsive…. Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] youth, the concerns her book presents are universal: How much of ourselves should we offer to those we like? And just how much must we betray them to mature?” (Vogue)
“Westover has actually in some way handled not just to record her unsurpassably remarkable training, however to make her existing scenario appear not so remarkable at all, and resonant for numerous others.” (The New York Times Book Review)