A True Tale of Survival

Educated – Tara Westover

Family, Idaho, homeschooling, survivalism, women colleges, victims of family abuse, subculture, Christian biography, rural conditions, Tara Westover, memoir, nonfiction.

Rating 8/10

Tara Westover wrote a memoir about her life from a young girl to the woman she became. However, the journey was not easy for her as her start was from a family in a rural area. Her family was disconnected from society and the only education Tara had was readings from a bible. Medication and treatments of wounds was with herbal medicine. Tyler, one of Tara’s brothers, had went to college and brought back the textbooks. From that, Tara in between chores had become an autodidact, teaching herself from the college books. Tara wanted out of this survivalist life and did what she could to get out as necessary.

I was recommended this nonfiction book. I thought this memoir was really meaningful as reading about a woman fighting to survive and to get out of a bad situation. Its sad to see that this sort of thing does happen all around the globe, not just in the United States, but everywhere. Education and modern accessible health care should be a top priority. Extremist religions do annoy me, but their thinking processes are different because of their faith and their faith doesn’t allow much freedom to think of other possibilities. I do recommend to read this memoir at least once in a lifetime because this memoir made me grateful.