Friday Book Review
Educated by Tara Westover
Ms. Westover calls this work a memoir and respectfully disclaims some of the events and changes names to protect the innocent, but it doesn’t feel like anyone is innocent.
Amy Cua says of Educated, “ I’ve never read anything like this.” I would agree. There were times I wanted to skip ahead a few pages to relieve the tension, and a couple of times, I put the book down for a few hours to ease my anxiety.
The author carries us to the backwaters of Idaho and a dysfunctional survivalist family through the corridors of BYU and Cambridge’s towers. She shows us the fragile family dynamic and the even more fragile memories of being raised in a fundamentalist Mormon home with Illuminati conspiracy theories and violent reactions and tendencies.
Westover’s story is believable to the reader even when unbelievable to the writer. “ but when my own mother didn’t believe me, I stopped believing myself.”
Years ago, I wrote a series of chapters from my life and compiled them under the title “Faded Recollections” https://fadedrecollections.com/ so may be biased by the similarity and found Educated resonated because I stomped by foot and heard an echo.
Bob’s Rating 5/5 — give yourself time to let the language and texture weave itself into your heart.
I also read Mastermind by Maria Kornikova this week and would recommend this as a summer vacation gulp.