If you only thought of Idaho as a place potatoes come from, then you should read this book, “Educated” by Tara Westover. It follows her life as she pulls herself out of virtual isolation to finding her way into college and writing this book. She started out being home schooled by a Mormon family prepping for the end of days. She was only allowed to read books approved by the church and her strict father. That didn’t leave much to choose from as her father didn’t really like the church because the people there weren’t devout enough about the religion.

I remember at the beginning of the book thinking how alien life in Idaho is until I got to the part where she escapes and thinks how alien life outside of Idaho is to her family. I’m not giving anything away here because you know she survives to write about it in the book.

The book has a lot of scenes where women are mistreated and she also goes into detail describing the gory details of accidents she has witnessed. If you think that would bother you I would stay away from this book.

She had other siblings who went to college before her but I was pulling for her because it seemed a matter of life and death. It wasn’t until she got to school and learned about bipolar disorder that she fit the diagnosis to her father. It is that coupled with his strict Mormonism that was as likely to hurt his family while trying to keep them safe from the outside world.

I found this book by accident while I was waiting on my reader app to give me another. Luckily I liked it. It is one of those “right place at the right time” books for me. I would recommend it if you think you can get around the violence. She has a good writing style which makes it an easy read.

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