Depressed, Tara Westover, an escapee from her survivalist, evangelical parents, was reading John Stuart Mill. At Trinity College, Cambridge on a fellowship. Before she began work on her doctorate. She had a pile of books by feminists.
Tara Westover's journey from a survivalist family to the heights of academia makes for a bestseller
Essay on Author Tara Educated: A Personal Narrative
By Sarah Oliver. Tara Westover spent her childhood up a mountain in Idaho preparing for the End of Days. Her parents were Mormon survivalists who stockpiled weapons and ammunition, food and fuel. The agencies of government and wider society — everything from birth certificates to penicillin to a classroom education — were banned. Any attempt to be a normal girl — ballet, lip gloss, a skirt above the knee — was met with accusations of biblical sin and violent attacks from one of her brothers. Her parents were so devout that neither a car crash that left her mother with a brain-injury nor an industrial fire in which her father was seriously burnt saw them reach for help from the outside world.
The Author Who Only Found Out About the Holocaust in College: How Tara Westover Became 'Educated'
Micki McElya. Tara Westover's best-selling memoir may reveal more about the place of feminism in contemporary U. Since Educated debuted at number three on the New York Times best seller list in February, Tara Westover has been catapulted to that rare sort of literary celebrity that seems to burst from nowhere and quickly saturates the culture. People are captivated by her journey from youngest child in a radical Mormon family of home-schooling, anti-government survivalists in southeastern Idaho to Brigham Young University at seventeen and then to Cambridge University, a Harvard fellowship, and PhD in History by the time she was twenty-seven-years old.