by Tara Westover

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

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    • As a cousin of the family, I have many memories playing in the scrap yard as a kid. Playing with glass, wires, and every sharp object known to man. Dispite all the little injuries, I loved it, however, Safety wasn't a high priority at that time. So my kids will never be given that opportunity. I was also very jealous that at school time we got to hang out in others rooms to do what we were up for until (the real work) came a calling. Blow torches and small fires always won the day.
    • This Book Is Awesome, I am only half-way thru it and cannot put it down....I'll write more when I finish. ......already ordering it for 2 daughters!!March 10, 2018 It is midnight and I just finished this book. I give it 8 stars on your scale of 1 to 5. If anyone reading this review favors Memoirs, this one is an absolute Must. Up until now, my favorite was "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls - I now have placed this book in the top position. Tara Westover never lost my attention and I realize that the only thing I can say is quite simple.....the Story took my breath away. I did a lot of underlining because I will reflect on it for a long time.
    • For me, this is a story about a family tragically undervaluing its daughters and overvaluing its sons. This is a sadly common story in American families, although the physical trauma makes this story so much worse, and gripping. This has been an extremely thought-provoking read for me, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys memoir.
    • An absolutely amazing story of triumph over a horrifying childhood. I am appalled by the author's brother, Shawn, who should be in a mental hospital or prison. From her account, it should come as no surprise if he one day kills someone. Her father's callous disregard for his children's safety and well being is unparalleled. Then there is the treachery of her mother.I applaud Tara for escaping the physical and psychological abuse she endured and for having the courage to become educated.
    • I grew up with a less extreme version of the same background - fundamentalist parents, rampant misconceptions about our world and our history, and abuse to endure as the price for maintaining a relationship with my family. I picked up this book out of the hope to find a narrative I could relate to, and something that would lay further groundwork for my own healing and recovery. It ended up being a little hard for me to read - the book's most detailed moment graphically depict the physical abuse that Sean causes Tara, her father's endangerment of everyone who works in his junkyard (and manipulation and threats to everyone who doesn't), and the gaslighting her family directs at her when she speaks out against her abuse. This makes me think I may not have quite been the target audience for the book. I had to wait until the end of the book for the resolution I was hoping for, and even then it surprised me with more family loyalty than distance (if also resilience and better understanding) - reminding me that there's no such thing as a clean narrative of abuse.Aside from my own personal relationship to the narrative, I thought it was a really meaningful and important story to tell. I'm really glad to have this story showing how hard it is to navigate these kinds of family dynamics, and I hope this book can be informative - and encouraging - to others as well.