Based on the life events of the author, Educated is a must read for anyone who needs to hear that your destiny is up to you. Education is a game changer and that you are not defined from where you have come.
[Excerpt] On the highway below, the school bus rolls past without stopping. I am only 7, but I understand that it is this fact more than any other that makes my family different. We don’t go to school. Dad worries that the government will force us to go, but it can’t because it doesn’t know about us. Four of my parents’ seven children don’t have birth certificates. We have no medical records because we were born at home and have never seen a doctor or nurse. We have no school records because we’ve never set foot in a classroom.
Can you imagine going to school for the first time when you are already 17? And then: going on to graduate with a doctorate degree from Oxford University?
Growing up in an isolated survivalist community in Idaho, Westover recounts the events of her childhood in a manner that feels uncomfortably blasé considering the harsh suppressive, and often abusive, incidents that punctuated her daily existence. Yet, she had a desire to learn, to go out into the world, the real world. With no to little help, and ill prepared for regular life, Westover struggles to shake off much of her fundamentalist upbringing despite her newfound education. She doesn’t apply for loans or grants for her college degree until there is no other option and a mentor convinces her. She won’t spend money on dental care and becomes critically ill from an infection. And making friends is terrifying and almost impossible.
With no money, no family support, she still perseveres. Sheer willpower and a Calvinist attitude to work harder than anyone else are the only things she has going for her.
Based on the life events of the author, Educated is a must read for anyone who needs to hear that your destiny is up to you. Education is a game changer and that you are not defined from you have come, but only where you are today and where you are going.
Educated, A Memoir has been awarded best autobiography by Audible in 2019. It was won the Goodreads Choice Award for best autobiography in 2018.