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    • Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover
      Random House, 9780399590504, February 20, 2018 (Non-Fiction)

      “This memoir does what the best memoirs do: It takes us inside a world we have never been, shows us around, and gives us a sense of what it’s really like to live in a place that has heretofore felt so foreign and remote. Westover’s authorial voice is compelling and engaging, and she provides powerful proof that education changes lives.”

      -Lynn Rosen, Open Book Bookstore (Elkins Park, PA)

      The person who encouraged me to read this book did so without saying anything except the following: trust that it is well-written and worth your time. This was an appropriate primer, because Tara Westover has created an experiential memoir—a perfectly edited personal movie of her early life—and there’s something important about allowing the story to reveal itself. I’ll do my best to avoid letting too much slip. Educated is about growing up in extraordinary circumstances, and about the irrational pull of the familiar...even if the familiar is deeply unsettling, and not particularly good for you. While I can imagine that much of the author’s childhood was vastly different from that of most readers, something about her beginnings offers us the chance to revisit the strangeness of how we each first learned about the concept of the ‘real world,’ about the parts we tacitly accepted as objective, and what happened when we came to discover that some part of this ‘reality’ was an invention of the people who raised us.”

      -Sarah Bumstead, Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA)

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