New York Times Bestselling author Tara Westover will read from her memoir, Educated, one of The New York Times Book Review’s Must-Know Literary Events of 2018. Born into an off-the grid survivalist family on a mountain in Idaho, Westover grew up stewing herbs, assisting her midwife mother, and working in her father’s metal scrap yard. Her deeply religious (and likely bipolar) father distrusted formal education (government brainwashing), so none of the seven children were sent to school, and the medical establishment was equally suspect, so all manner of serious health problems were treated at home.
As a child, Westover achieved a basic grasp of reading, writing, herbal tincture making, and scrap yard work, along with learning selective bits of history and Mormon scripture.
Tara began to educate herself, and learned enough mathematics and grammar to take the ACT. She was admitted to Brigham Young University, where her quest for knowledge transformed her. After graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University she won a scholarship to Cambridge University. She has a PhD in History from Cambridge. She lives in London.
“Breathtaking, heart-wrenching, inspirational—I’ve never read anything like this. Educated is one of the best books, and Westover one of the most gifted writers, that I’ve read in a very long time.”