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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
I've found the past few years I've lost interest in reading since nothing really sparked interest. But this book? Is in no way not interesting. I loved how no matter how toxic sometimes families are they are just that, family. But Tara did it in a way of explaining her point of few and her story that made her who she is without making us hate anyone. An explanation of how parents may love us and do what they think is best for us but that not always being the right way, and finding a way to still have love and be understanding instead of having hate. Once I finished this book I felt like I followed a friend through a hard journey that I had such pride for making hard decisions to overcome everything! Go Tara!