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- A Memoir
- Written by: Tara Westover
- Narrated by: Julia Whelan
- Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.
- By Vicki Anderson on 2018-09-14
Great writing, great true story
While education is undoubtedly the hero of the story, the characters from the author's life are all heroes, although some are sad or lost. There is a warmth rather than an accusation as she retells her life. Although at first the reader wasn't for me, I now can't imagine a different narrator, she embodies the voice of the author. Do yourself a favour and listen to this.
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