As other children sat in classrooms and practiced equations, Tara Westover salvaged scarp metal in a perilous junkyard with her father. As students joined athletics and choir, Westover assisted in home births and blended herbal remedies with her mother. Tara and her siblings never attended public school. They never went to the hospital, even when seriously burned or injured. As far as the government and outside world were concerned, Tara and her siblings didn't exist. Educated is the memoir of Tara Westover, a young woman raised in a family of preppers - people who are preparing for the end of the world. She transforms from an abused and uneducated girl to an author and international scholar. Her journey is inspirational and unfathomable. Fans of Wild and The Glass Castle will find Westover's memoir riveting from start to finish.
Traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.