Tara Westover Talks to Students and Teachers about Education: Watch Now!

By Kaiulani Kaneta | August 9 2018 | First-Year Reading: Memoir & Biography

Tara Westover, raised in isolation without receiving a formal education, didn’t step foot into a classroom until college. Today, she holds advanced graduate degrees from Cambridge and Harvard.

In this clip, Tara speaks to students and teachers at the Academy of American Studies in Long island City, NY, about her memoir, Educated, as well as what an education means to her.

 

Tara Westover was seventeen 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 and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

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A Memoir
978-0-399-59050-4
Biography & Autobiography - Women
Biography & Autobiography - Religious
Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Selected for Common Reading at Drake University Center for the Humanities, St. Bonaventure University, and University of Idaho
$28.00 US
Feb 20, 2018
6-1/8 x 9-1/4
Hardcover
352 Pages
Random House
US, Opn Mkt (no CAN)