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  • Writer's pictureNicholas Nelson

Educated by Tara Westover

From a small LDS community in Idaho to Trinity College in Cambridge, this book follows the life of

Tara Westover and her journey discovering the world outside of her hometown life. Using quick-witted anecdotes and illustrious moments from her childhood, Westover brings us on her journey through naïveté into a world she never could imagine. Her writing brings us face-to-face with her lived experience, trusting her parents’ opinions and views, then thrusts us into the open world to discover new things like “The Holocaust” and art.

This book is for someone looking for a well-written memoir, an experience from the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS/Mormon), a coming-of-age or rags-to-riches story, and a wild ride. Some of the things that happen in here feel unreal at some times.

I’ve been meaning to pick this book up for some time. It’s been listed at the #1 spot on many different reading lists and, quite frankly, I’m upset it took me so long to read it. This is a beautiful work of art and should be considered a must-read for everyone (or a must-listen, considering I used to get this one read). The version I listened to was read by Julia Whelan, who I think is the only person perfect to read this. Whelan’s voice is calm, collected, and does a great job at generating a naive and reflective narrator, which this story has plenty of. Her voice creates this calculated, surgical atmosphere, which comes across in the story itself, but presents the character within with such precision and accuracy. I believe it adds an important layer to the work overall.

To purchase this book directly from Penguin Random House, check out this link for more information and reviews.

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