Until the age of 16, Tara Westover had little to no formal schooling, growing up in an extremely devout family of Mormons who practiced survivalism to prepare for an apocalypse. In an almost miraculous turn of events, she managed not only to attend college, but to earn a prestigious scholarship and later, a PhD at Cambridge University. This is the story of how education opened up her world and made it possible for her to understand her tumultuous and sometimes violently repressive family life in new terms. Westover writes about her changing perspective with significant insight. She also provides a fascinating window into the American survivalist movement and what motivates them to "go off the grid", refusing modern amenities like medical care and education and turning their homes into fortresses against government interference.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)