Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover grew up in the mountains of Idaho.  Her father was a survivalist, and the family constantly prepared for the end of the world.  The medical establishment was distrusted, so no one ever saw a doctor or nurse in spite of severe gashes, concussions, and burns from explosions.  “Faith will provide healing.”

They were so isolated that no one knew about the lack of education for the children.  And no one could help Tara when her older brother abused her.

In spite of this, Educated is a book about how Tara taught herself enough grammar, mathematics, and science to take the ACT.  She was admitted to Brigham Young University with no formal schooling.  She had been so isolated that she’d never heard of the Holocaust.

This book is an amazing story of fierce family loyalty and the grief that occurs when the family can’t support an individual’s dreams.