Book Club

Book Club by Becky Lee

Educated by Tara Westover.
Next meeting: Friday, September 11, 2020 @ 6 pm via Zoom. 
Tara Westover was seventeen 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 and sleeping with her head for the hills bag. … Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention.  It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes of severing one’s closest 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. (Description from the book
jacket).

Barbara Blackwell, who suggested Educated, says: Although [Westover’s] father was Mormon, she relates in interviews that his views were extremist and not to be considered as the views of the church.  In one interview she states that religion is a character in the book, but the book is not about Mormonism.  It is a story of an isolated family and the resiliency of Tara and several of her siblings.  I think it would provide a great background for a fascinating discussion on how religion and families can nurture or condemn.  One of the best books I have read.  If you would like to join the group, but aren’t sure if you’re on the Book Club email list, contact Becky Lee ( blee71willmar@gmail.com ) to make sure you get a Zoom invitation.

Please join us! Everyone is welcome!