Island City Book Club

March 20th: Educated / Tara Westover


Tara Westover wasn’t your garden variety college student. When the Holocaust was mentioned in a history class, she didn’t know what it was (no, really). That’s because she didn’t see the inside of a classroom until the age of seventeen. Public education was one of the many things her religious fanatic father was dubious of, believing it a means for the government to brainwash its gullible citizens, and her mother wasn’t diligent on the homeschooling front. If it wasn’t for a brother who managed to extricate himself from their isolated—and often dangerous--world, Westover might still be in rural Idaho, trying to survive her survivalist upbringing. It’s 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), it’s hard to grasp the level of grit—not to mention intellect—required to pull off what Westover did. But eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University may have been the easy part, at least compared to what she had to sacrifice to attain it. The courage it took to make that sacrifice was the truest indicator of how far she’d come, and how much she’d learned. Educated is an inspiring reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power. 

--Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review

Upcoming titles include:   

  • April 17thMy Brilliant Friend / Elena Ferrante
  • May 15th: Hillbilly Elegy / J.D. Vance
  • June 19th: Trespasser / Tana French

 Past book club selections include: 

  •  Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Goose, Stephanie Laurens
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows / Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Factfulness / Hans Rosling

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