New York Times Bestselling author Tara Westover will read from and talk about 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 scrapyard. Her deeply religious (and likely bipolar) father distrusted government brainwashing and the medical establishment, so all family health problems like gashes and concussions, births, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home by Tara’s mother. After learning reading, writing, and selective bits of history from her parents, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to take the ACT, and she was admitted to Brigham Young University, where she stepped into a classroom for the first time in her life. Westover’s quest for knowledge transformed her, and she pursued learning for a decade. After graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, she earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014. She currently lives in London, and Educated is her first book. This will be an in-conversation event with Prairie Lights Events Coordinator and Host, Kathleen Johnson.
“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.”—Amy Chua