📖 November Book

posted Sep 28, 2018, 10:36 AM by Tri-Valley Community Library   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 10:37 AM ]
📖 Next Book Club Meeting - Thursday, November 29th @ 7:30pm 

Hello Book Club! 

There will be no book club meeting in October. Instead we will be preparing for the Library's Mystery Theater Event!  Our next meeting will be Thursday, November 29th at 7:30pm.  We will discuss Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.  Our December Book will be Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng -  "Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster..."

Review of Educated: A Memoir from GoodReads.com:

An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Tara Westover was 17 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 in her father's junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of 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.

Hardcover, 334 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Random House
ISBN 0399590501 (ISBN13: 9780399590504)

Read On!

-Vanessa W. Stone

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