Aug. 1: Educated by Tara Westover

EducatedTara 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, sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag," stewing herbs for her mother and never setting foot in a school or hospital.

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. 

Educated was #1 on the lists of the  New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and was highlighted by both President Obama and Bill Gates as a "must read."

The discussion will be held Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the LLL Center. PC Reads is free, but registration is required. 

Upcoming Books:

Sept. 5 – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Oct. 3 – Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
Nov. 7 – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Dec. 5 – The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu