Its a miraculous story she tells in her memoir educated for those of us who took our educations for granted who occasionally fell asleep in large lecture halls and inconveniently small ones its hard to grasp the level of grit not to mention intellect required to pull off what westover did. Educated is an account of the struggle for self invention it is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes from severing ones closest ties. Educated a memoir scalded the very edges of my soul it took me through a whole gamut of my own emotions from belief to disbelief from hesitation to doubt to wariness and most importantly from the weightiness of compassion and empathy to the restrictions of frustration and anger. The short prologue to westovers memoir educated begins with a lovely description of the family farm the swaths of sagebrush and thistle coming down the hills toward the house but this idyll of family and the tranquility of nature are soon shattered. Educated is a brutal one of a kind memoir tara westovers coming of age story follows her upbringing in a survivalist family and her decision to leave that life behind ann hulbert
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