Author Tara Westover – March 29th, 2018

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Please join Mormon Stories for a live Q&A and book signing in conjunction with the King’s English Book Store. on Thursday, March 29th from 7pm-10pm.  To RSVP, receive the event location and save your spot (space is limited) please click here.

Tara is the author of the book Educated. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. She spent her days working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife.

She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. After that first encounter with education, she pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014.

More about “Educated”:

“[A] searing debut memoir… Westover recounts her upbringing with six siblings on an Idaho farm dominated by her father…who tried to live off the grid, kept four children (including the author) out of school…and stockpiled supplies and guns for the end-time…When she finally escaped the toxic atmosphere of dogma, suspicion, and patriarchy to attend college and then grad school at Cambridge, her identity crisis precipitated a heartbreaking rupture. Westover’s vivid prose makes this saga of the pressures of conformity and self-assertion that warp a family seem both terrifying and ordinary.”

A BIG THANKS TO KINGS ENGLISH BOOKSTORE WHO WILL HAVE TARA’S BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE LIVE PODCAST. If you want to purchase her book NOW, please click on the amazon icon below.

Comments 2

  1. As I listened to the heart rending story of Tara’s physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her brother, I became alarmed thinking about his turning his abuse to his future wife and children. Tara confirmed that she witnesses her brother attacking his wife and that she and the family sat silently by, giving passive support to the abuser.

    This family lives about an hour north of Logan. Can there besome effort to let Sean’s wife know about CAPSA in Logan? She and any children could seek refuge from this sort of abuse in a safe and confidential setting. John, you ignored the danger of Sean’s wife and children in the podcast. I hope that you are doing more behind the scenes. To ignore this opportunity to help Sean’s wife, you would also be complicit in her abuse.

  2. I cannot find a way to let the event planners of Tara Westover’s interview tonight that we will NOT be able to attend, so disappointed but wanted to let you know there will be 2 extra seats. There just is not a link that I can see on the event page. Please advise.

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