the next good book


By Tara Westover


329 pages

What’s it about? Tara Westover was raised in the mountains of Idaho with her isolationist Mormon family.   Tara never went to school, never saw a doctor, and was so isolated from the rest of the world that she had no idea how different her life was from most of America.    When her older brother decides to study for the ACT and go to college, Tara glimpses a way into a different world.  This is Tara’s story. What did it make me think about? The incredible power of family- even if your family is way out there. Should I read it? I highly recommend this one.  Tara Westover writes about the struggle to see herself as separate and apart from her family.  If  “we are the stories we tell ourselves” – then Tara had to write herself a new story.  This book is about that journey. Quote- ​”Not knowing for certain, but refusing to give way to those who claim certainty, was a privilege I had never allowed myself.  My life was narrated for me by others.  Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute.  It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.”

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