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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
Quite an amazing story, hard to listen to at times
I almost gave up on this book, just under halfway through. It just appeared to be complete doom and gloom, with one gruesome accident followed by yet another case of mental or physical abuse. It was pretty hard to listen to, and I found myself uttering 'what idiots!! out loud more than once. This story really is a fascinating insight into the primitive and delusional life of this most unusual family. Tara is an amazingly strong person and the story of what she had to overcome to get where she is now is worth listening to this book. It did leave me to wonder how these people were allowed to raise their children in such an abusive way, and not get prosecuted?!
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