RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated” (2018) was published nearly two years ago and has been a New York Times, Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal bestseller, as well as a finalist for several prestigious awards, including the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award.
The accolades are well-deserved. “Educated” is a compelling read.
In the book, Westover chronicles her journey from being the youngest of seven children raised by Mormon survivalist parents in rural Idaho to receiving a doctorate in history from Cambridge University. She characterizes her family, in particular her father, as devout yet fanatic.
Convinced the end of the world is near, her father stockpiles ammunition, food and fuel. Her mother, a skilled herbalist and midwife, treats all the family’s medical problems, including third-degree burns and head trauma.