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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University 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. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her fathers junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Taras older brothers became violent. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if shed traveled too far, if there was still a way home. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of 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 ones life through new eyes, and the will to change it. Advance praise for Educated Powerful, moving, brave, naked and completely at home in its form, Tara Westovers Educated gives us homegrown American originals, who find their Mormon congregation too conventional, and raise their children on a western mountain, refusing them birth certificates and not allowing them to attend school. This is a daughters story of how she grew into herself and comes to understand her home. This book would be far less harrowing if it were a novel.Mona Simpson, author of Casebook and Anywhere But Here A punch to the gut, a slow burn, a savage indictment, a love letter: Educated somehow contrives to be all these things at once. Tara Westover guides us through the extraordinary western landscape of her coming of age and in clear, tender prose makes us feel what she felt growing up among fanatics.Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble
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Judybskt
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Next up for book club. Just now noticed that the pencil is a picture. #booknbath #bathnbook

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Judybskt
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1. Physical books
2. Amazon
3. No
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5. Borrowed from the library

#thursdaysurvey
@laurenslibrary

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MaggieCarr
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With little back knowledge other than everyone was reading it, this title dominated the last few days of my reading. I've always been fascinated by feral children and the characteristics they exhibit but never paid much attention to how parents can ostersize their own children from the world. How does a parent not know their child's birthday nor see the harm? This book deserves all the accolades and prestige on best seller charts.

xxjenadanxx I went into it blindly as well and loved it. 4d
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Twainy
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Sooo many great books in 2019! 😁

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Crewgurl
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This was...heavy...and insane...and just...wow. I have sooooo many questions. Also, people really terrify me. This was really well written and a crazy ride. Definitely pick it up!

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behudd
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⭐️⭐️💫 #unpopularopinion - I did not love this book. If it hadn‘t been a book club read, I never would have finished it. It is perversely fascinating to read about someone‘s life of violence, abuse, & neglect, but I will never enjoy reading about child abuse. I also thought this book read more like sections written for a memoir writing class than a full book, so to me that was an odd style choice. Overall this is not one I‘d recommend.

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Reagan
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I cried for most of the second half. Boy, what a ride. Tara was raised in a Mormon household but an extremist household. No doctors, no school, fears about the government and Illuminati. This is about how she decided to get an education and what that meant for her family.

A lot of parts where I was angry, but a lot just broke my heart. This was really an excellent read and I am glad I finally got to it.

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Reagan
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It is so beeping cold here (-36 with windchill and below -40 tomorrow morning) ☹️ not cool. Well cool but also very much not. This is reading weather NOT go to work weather.

I‘ll finish this one tonight though.

Scochrane26 I hate cold weather & have not lived anywhere that gets that cold. Stay warm! 2w
Jaimelire @Reagan My eyelashes froze this morning! (edited) 2w
Reagan @Scochrane26 I‘m trying! I love winter but people like me who are always cold should reconsider 😂 I have my seat warmer on in the summer, this is awful. 2w
Reagan @Jaimelire nooo! Oh my word, that is terrible. 2w
bookandbedandtea That is definitely NOT go to work weather. ⛄ 2w
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Tara's experiences made me think more deeply about how we experience/view the world and how our perceptions are shaped by our environments. This book felt like a private exhibition of mourning and release. It was definitely intense. I am sure her story will stick with me for some time.

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Kfpdx
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Great read

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SealyBug
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I've really, really enjoyed this. I know I'm late to the party on this but I'm glad I finally got there. I wish she would have talked more about her education and awakening but I know that isn't the most "interesting" part of her story.

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MadDashReading
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I had put off reading this earlier because I thought it would be too much like The Glass Castle. However, I think what is most striking (for me) about Tara's memoir is that her lifeline runs almost parallel to mine. While I was ringing in the new millennium with my high school boyfriend, she was hunkered down waiting for the end of the world with her father. Our youths could not have been any more different even in this modern world.

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belkel63
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I enjoyed this book, once I controlled my anger at the author's survivalist parents who tried to make her succumb to their narrow world view. Ultimately, this book celebrates the power of education and you end up feeling proud of the author and her drive to educate herself out of her prison-like family situation.

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shadowspeak17
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First book down for #NewYearWhoDis and it was a good one! I found this book fascinating and well written and also very frustrating. 🙃

#booked2020 #MillennialAuthor #catsoflitsy #Ember

Cinfhen Well played 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💕 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I just read this. It‘s so good. What a unique (and harrowing) life! ♥️📚👊🏻 2w
klarusu I totally agree on the frustrating. I had to keep putting it down and coming back to it because I was exasperated. 1w
runswithscissors007 Oh yes! Frustrating. 6d
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guinsgirlreads
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@MeganAnn I can‘t thank you enough for such a fabulous and thoughtful package!! I am in love 😍 with all of it! The cup and the reading log are just amazing! 🥰 I couldn‘t wait until after work to open it! I will post close ups of these awesome goodies later! #readinthenewyearswap

guinsgirlreads @MeganAnn Look for an email from me today too! 👋🏻🥂❤️ 2w
SilversReviews Wow!! ENJOY!! 2w
Chrissyreadit ❤️🎉🙌👏🥳😍💕🎊 2w
MeganAnn Yay!! I‘m so happy you like everything! I saw that cup and just knew you ha dot have it 😉🎉❤️🥳✨🎆 2w
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Daisylyons99
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Read this while travelling round South East Asia a few months ago now, fantastic book and what an impressive lady.

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JillR
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The life the author finds is not the life she should have lived. The fact she gets where she does is due to her incredible strength. This book covers identity, Mormonism, abuse, survivalism, family, feminism, homeopathy and, of course, education. A memoir that reads like page turning fiction. The line “You were my child. I should have protected you” just about broke my heart. Brilliant.

MrsMalaprop Loved this. Sent me down a googling rabbit hole afterwards. 2w
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Reagan
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Waiting for my ride and for this siege of a work week to end. Anyone else? Good grief, just let me win the lottery already 😂 I‘m happy to have finally (I know, I know) picked up this bad boy. Don‘t mind if I do stay up all night reading and then regret it tomorrow.

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PlumeGloom
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The best reading buddy I could ask for. ❤️

BarbaraTheBibliophage Those ears!! ♥️ 2w
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jpetrillivm
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Loved this book!

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runswithscissors007
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Book club book for January. Second read so I listened to it. Got so much more out of it. The idea of being a vessel for others‘ ideology vs developing the skill of considered understanding of self. A messy messy teeter totter of guilt, compassion, loyalty and intelligence. #jumpstart2020

keys_on_fire This is my book club‘s pick for January too, although I haven‘t started it yet! 😬 2w
runswithscissors007 @keys_on_fire it should be a quick-ish read even tho it is a bit page-y. I believe in you! Lol! 2w
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AmyK1
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Finished this one today. It was disturbing, infuriating. I have never understood people like her parents and I doubt I ever will. #litsyAtoZ

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4thhouseontheleft
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I finished my first book from @MeganAnn ‘s #newyearwhodis list, and it was a great read!

A memoir that touches on the importance of education, and one woman‘s struggle to find her own place in the world apart from her upbringing. Her parents attack public schools, the healthcare system, and government services, but at its core this is a book about abuse, and the way abusers and their enablers distort reality towards their victims.

4thhouseontheleft And the list of challenge prompts begins 😂#ReadwithMrBook #onewordtitle @MrBook, #nonfiction2020 #abouteducation @Riveted_Reader_Melissa, #ReadtheUSA2020 #Idaho. Also #mandmchallenge2020 #home @barbarathebibliophage because Tara's relationship with her home (leaving and returning to it) and Buck's Peak, is a central component of her memoir. And finally, #pop20 : Won an award in 2019 (GR Choice Award). 3w
lele1432 Great review! 3w
MeganAnn Oh I‘m so glad you liked it! Great review... that‘s very much what I thought as well. ❤️ 3w
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monalyisha Ha! What a list of prompts. I loved this one, as well. 💖 3w
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage You are a #promptmaster! ♥️📚👊🏻 2w
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BookNAround
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I have reservations and only just made this a pick rather than a so-so. #unpopularopinion Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/12/educated-by-tara-westover.html

Sace I have been avoiding this book like the plague. I am skeptical about its truth and I am glad to hear that someone who has read it also is a little skeptical of some of it. 3w
BookNAround @Sace I had zero desire to read it but when book club picked it I had no choice. It was good enough but I definitely didn‘t feel he same way so many others did, calling it the best book of the year and other superlatives. 3w
CarolynM @Sace I found it hard to believe in everything she wrote. I don't think she was telling all of the story by a very long way. It was interesting though. 3w
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AmyK1
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Reading Educated while waiting for my tire to be checked.

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akfreeborn
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This was my first book for 2020. Tara Westover‘s story is bravely told and very respectful of her upbringing despite the fact you just want to strangle her misguided family. I hope she continues to forge ahead. She is remarkable and she wrote a fine book.

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4thhouseontheleft
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This gives major flashbacks to how my dad responded to Y2K (he was a software consultant, it kinda turned out to be the beginning of the end of his career due to his own paranoia).

We stockpiled food and gas masks (thankfully, not guns), were forbidden from leaving the house, and I was banned from the study abroad trip I got accepted into (I ended up going the following semester).

I was 20, home from college. I snuck out to go to a NYE party. 🤣

Scochrane26 There‘s an interesting podcast—Surviving y2k. Only 6 eps, by the guy that did Missing Richard Simmons. 3w
typhlax Looking back now, I find it so funny 3w
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marleed That‘s interesting. I was an app developer during Y2K. In 1999 one guy‘s job for the entire year was to stay atop Y2K concerns. It‘s the only year I remember people being on-call in case something unanticipated happened as midnight rolled in. For me, the only real impact was program changes needed to account for a 4 vs 2 position year for math equations. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @marleed @typhlax My dad lost most of his business contracts after Y2K, it was a rough period. And then he moved on from Y2K paranoia to racist 9/11 paranoia. 🙄😠 3w
marleed Wow! Educated must be full of triggers for you. I‘m so happy you‘ve become the woman/mother you are despite the way in which you were raised. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @marleed my family was never this extreme, thankfully. I maintain a semi-relationship with my parents which is helped by not living anywhere near each other. ☺️ 3w
marleed Oh, it‘s nice that you maintain a relationship - and some distance. 3w
Butterfinger I will always remember my grandmother stockpiling toilet paper for Y2K. We filled our pantry with dried beans, but Granny was so afraid of running out of tp. 😂 3w
MeganAnn How interesting!! I vaguely remember people talking about Y2K, but we didn‘t worry too much about it. I think my parents were pretty sure it was going to be just fine. I would‘ve been 14 at the time so I don‘t think I really thought about it too hard. 3w
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4thhouseontheleft
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Starting my first #newyearwhodis read! It‘s also my January #readwithmrbook selection. #onewordtitle

Reading from bed today, since it seems a virus has entered our house. 🥴😷

TrishB Hope you‘re all better soon. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @TrishB Thanks! I‘m the only one in the house sick right now, but one of my in-laws got hit with it too last night on their plane ride home. 😞 Feeling okay now, just really tired. 3w
Cinfhen Oh no, feel better 3w
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Jas16 Yikes. Hope you feel better soon 3w
AmyG Fell better. So many people sick. :( 3w
QuietlyLaura I hope you feel better soon. 💕📚 3w
NeedsMoreBooks Get well soon ❤️ 3w
JessClark78 Hope you feel better soon. 🌸 3w
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ElectricKatyLand
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I read this with my husband and we have been talking about moments, people, and themes from this book for the past couple weeks. Fascinating memoir of the narrator's journey from an unschooled, fundamentalist childhood in rural Idaho to becoming a PhD from Cambridge. She explores what it's like to leave home and how foundational beliefs can change with time and distance. Though I started in December, this was my first book completed in 2020.

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shadowspeak17
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Just started this yesterday for #NewYearWhoDis. I‘m not very far in yet, but it seems good so far. 😄

Djspens So good!! 3w
4thhouseontheleft I‘m also reading this for #NewYearWhoDis! 3w
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akfreeborn
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Books that I will start with this year. I hope to make a dent in those books I have yet to get to. Half way through Educated. Enjoying 2020 so far!

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shadowspeak17
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Thanks for doing this giveaway, @BookNAround ! 😄
My last book of 2019 was Gwendy‘s Button Box which I read for #lmpbc. My first book of 2020 is Educated which I‘m reading for #NewYearWhoDis and am hopefully going to be buddy reading with a friend. 😬🤞🏽

#lastfirst

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Marni
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My reads for December 2019. Educated by far my favorite! Can‘t believe I got Girl with All the Gifts in just under the wire!!!
#read2019

Reviewsbylola Educated was shocking. 3w
Marni @Reviewsbylola it was! And also so well written. It was captivating! 3w
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Marni
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My reads for December 2019. Educated by far my favorite! Can‘t believe I got Girl with All the Gifts in just under the wire!!!
#read2019

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samanthagutt
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What a way to ring in the new year! Amazing story about a woman who fought all odds to break free from a lifetime of abuse and neglect to become a PhD (without ANY schooling up to the age of 17)! This was such an inspirational story about forgiveness, perseverance, and the importance of self-love/acceptance. Just in time to motivate me for 2020! #Booked2020 pick for Millennial Author

4thhouseontheleft I went back and forth with starting 2020 with this or Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (for the millenial prompt). I decided on the Rooney book because I have a hard time reading NF with house guests around, but will be reading Educated next! 3w
samanthagutt @4thhouseontheleft I definitely recommend it! 😊 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick. I read this recently also! ♥️📚👊🏻 3w
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NeedsMoreBooks Enjoyed this one ❤️ 3w
wanderinglynn And your last 16 pts for a #wintergames #tbrreads! 🙌🏻 3w
Cinfhen Great way to kickstart 2020 🥳 3w
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Croissonter
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I want to finish this book but I‘m struggling so much with the non-stop violence and abuse. I need reasons to finish!

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Cfmamareads
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This is definitely a 5 star book and I would highly recommend. It is a tough read, and will make you angry and emotional and shocked. It‘s worth the read!

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Bellebee
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Starting this tonight! I‘ve heard great things, so excited!! 😊😊😊

Emilymdxn I loved this book so much! I hope you enjoy it xx 3w
Bellebee I am!! I‘m halfway through and pleasantly surprised! I did not expect to like it so much, it‘s really a journey! 3w
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melissajayne
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These were my favourite reads this year. Each were highly rated (4 or 5 ⭐️) and left me thinking about the world in a different way. I find it interesting that all of these books were authored by women of various backgrounds and largely about women and their various stories.

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BookDee
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It took me 2 months to finish this book. The reason might have a link with the big brother Shawn that would irritate me so much. A great book where I was able to realise the impact a breach of education could have on a child.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 This book lived up to the expectations. An absolutely amazing read. I didn‘t have a similar childhood or life as Tara, but the way she spoke about her trauma and how she dealt with it (good and bad) really resonated with me and my trauma. The importance of education was always emphasized in my home, and this book really highlights that.
#virtualmounttbr
#read2019

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Marni
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Working on Frida while I listen to this amazing memoir.
#read2019
#craftyreader

Currey Frida is wonderful even unfinished 1mo
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I was afraid that this was going to be another of the overhyped popular books. But I was happy to quickly realize that Westovers writing is gifted, and that her story while often horrifying was told in a clear and honest way.
This is an incredibly good book.

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Wow. Read this for book group. My suggestion. How did Tara educate herself after such a shaky start in such a unique family. Recommend it if you want to be inspired to persevere against huge odds..

marleed I had to google her interviews before I before her story seemed real for me. 1mo
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Siri_reads
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Some of my favourite Christmas gifts this year. A blanket to keep me warm while reading. Three books and a book bag to keep in my purse ❤🎁

AnneCecilie Spent på hva du syntes om memoaren til Westover. Den gjorde sterkt inntrykk på meg. 1mo
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Marni
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I *should* be reading a book for my Mount TBR challenge, especially since I‘m 1 away from my goal, but I keep hearing about books I *need* to read.
#readTBR
#VirtualMountTBR

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BookDee
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Mood on this Monday night #secondcup #educated #mood

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BookDee
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So...I‘ve been reading this book for the last 2 months and I‘m only up to 40%. I have a hard time finishing it. I heard the book is pretty good.