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Author Tara Westover

Tara Westover Photo credit Paul Stuart

"Educated: A Memoir" 

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she stepped into a classroom. Her parents' distrust of the government was so strong, she didn't have a birth certificate. They chose to homeschool their children but Tara received little education outside of the Book of Mormon. From an early age, she and her siblings spent most of their days working in the family salvage yard. Her inspirational story of educating herself to take the SATs, enrolling in Brigham Young University, and going on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University is one designed to spark a conversation about what it means to educated. 

"Educated: a Memoir" was on many best books list of 2018 including 

  • New York Times
  • Time magazine
  • Vogue UK
  • Bloomberg
  • NPR
  • The Economist
  • Washington Post
  • and more