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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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Chelleo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🎧2019-12-08 Wow. Not sure how I feel about this. Amazing life story but hard for me to wrap my head around it. I keep catching myself from making judgments and opinions based on my own personal beliefs. I have a feeling this one will be with me for awhile.

NeedsMoreBooks Read this last month. It is powerful. 2h
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The true story of Tara who grows sheltered from society by her survivalist parents. Tara is an impressive individual who has sacrificed for her education and made her own mind up about the world. How no one in her family ended up dying I'll never know. A well written and engaging memoir.

MrsMalaprop I really liked this book, but I know lots of people found her to lack credibility. It‘s fascinating to me how we all perceive books so differently 🤔. 17h
Victoria_Clyne @MrsMalaprop I really liked this one too. I found it to be credible but given what she and her family survived I can understand not being convinced. I also find it fascinating that you can have a different perception depending on when you read the book and what's going on at the time. 5h
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Scochrane26
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Finally finished Educated. It was on my tbr for awhile, but a friend told me she loved it, so I moved it up. I think I liked the same theme as my friend did—the struggle to be someone different than your family wants you to be and the loss associated with it. At one point, I was willing Tara to go to therapy, glad she finally did. I thought it was weird that her father watched tv, even if it was old shows, yet couldn‘t go to church w/ out 👇

Scochrane26 Condemning women for wearing normal clothes. And I would have liked to know more about how Tara learned cultural norms of school in enough time the first semester to get all a‘s. That was a little sketchy, IMO. Her relationship w/ Tyler was a strong point. #wintergames #thefilthyanimals #TBRread @Clwojick @StayCurious 1d
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ghandigl
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“We are all of us more complicated than the roles we are assigned in the stories other people tell.”

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EclecticReaders
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‪These are the books we read for the podcast in 2019! Which one was your favorite? We‘ll be looking back over our picks in the December episode and want to know your thoughts! #readerschoice #eclecticpick #eclecticquestion

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Samwise_Gamgee
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Spend the weekend relaxing and finishing Educated with a nice view. Fantastic book, lives up to the hype. Highly recommend!

SamAnne Beautiful. 1w
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uwak
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spent my post-Thanksgiving evening plowing through the rest of this and WOW 😱 I really admire Westover's personal drive to continue through school and her resiliency despite resistance from her family and her brother's abuse. her memoir really highlights a lot of the complications surrounding untreated mental illnesses & coming to terms with an unsupportive family.

#kindle #libby #nonfiction #memoir

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cdreincarnate
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Oof!

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Jody3
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Hard to believe it‘s non-fiction! Fascinating, disturbing, and gripping! Heartbreaking and Inspirational. The only thing that would make it better would be photographs.

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MrsBridges
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Pretty rough read. It took me almost a year. But it was worth it.

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sisilia
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3⭐️ I admire Tara Westover for her academic achievements but I fail to appreciate this book as much as the others. To me, she is pretty much an unreliable narrator. For all or most of the dramatic accident stories, she has footnotes stating how the memories differ between the siblings, or that she might remember it differently. What‘s the real story then, I wonder 🤔

Tamra I‘m with you in the minority. 3w
Erinreadsthebooks This was a DNF for me. I couldn't handle the questions that kept popping up in my mind and the fact that I just wasn't buying it. This book is absolutely not for me. 3w
sisilia @Tamra @Erinreadsthebooks The first half got me tense and excited, but everything went downhill after that as it became clear to me that she was (and probably is) not mentally stable that she couldn‘t differentiate between what‘s real and what‘s not. It shouldn‘t be a memoir as she‘s not confident in claiming her own memories 3w
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zuzia I felt the same way as you about this book. I never understood the hype surrounding it. I think you nailed it as to why I didn't like it as much as others. 3w
sisilia @zuzia 🙌🏻🥰 3w
readordierachel I felt the same about this one. 2w
BookNAround Same same! 2w
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AnneCecilie
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I‘ve finished my first audio ever. For me there‘s a huge difference between listening trough 🎧 and using the sound from your device. I‘ll definitely continue with the 🎧

I can‘t believe that people live this way. F.ex. not going to the hospital and school because they are evil. But then I‘ve never met anyone this fanatical religious or antigovernment. She shows that you decide your life. I‘ll definitely remember this one.

#NFNov

Tamra I was not an audio listener until a couple of years ago and it has really ramped up my reading life! 3w
Siri_reads Ser spennende ut! Hvilken lyttetjeneste bruker? Er det Storytel? Vurderer å kjøpe meg et abonnement 😊 3w
AnneCecilie @Siri_reads jeg bruker Fabel. Begynte å abonnere for et år siden, men har ikke hørt så mye. Nå hadde de fått masse engelske lydbøker, så da ble jeg glad. Nå har de masse engelske julebøker, så da er desember klar. 3w
GypsyKat This one really stuck with me, too. 3w
rsteve388 6 pts 2w
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uwak
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by sheer luck I managed to get an available copy of Educated from one of the library systems I'm in 👍

also I'm glad I dug up this tablet stand I bought from daiso forever ago, it's pretty perfect for my kindle 😊

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sisilia
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I‘m halfway through Educated, and this is literally my expression throughout 🙈 This is madness, people!

Cinfhen I know!!!! I‘m calling BS on some of it!!! I‘m sure it‘s all based on truth but some parts seem too outrageous and medically impossible to believe!!!! I have to think some parts were exaggerated or overplayed 3w
AnneCecilie I know. I can‘t believe this is possible. I‘m not saying she‘s lying, but it‘s hard to believe 3w
Bookwormjillk Madness is a good word for it! 3w
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Abailliekaras Same! 3w
sisilia @Cinfhen @AnneCecilie @Bookwormjillk @Abailliekaras I‘m totally stressed out reading the accident parts. I kept holding my breath! 3w
Bookwormjillk @sisilia yes, very understandable 3w
AnneCecilie I couldn‘t believe it either. It‘s so far from how I was brought up. 3w
SamAnne Oh, it's so believable. I've been in towns with big polygamist communities. And even just the militia families in rural North Idaho. It's pretty scary. 3w
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Wildly_Bookish
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This book has me thinking hard tonight. I finished, I enjoyed it... but I'm stuck here thinking about how I didn't finish college because of money, and this girl grew up in a junk yard and made it to Cambridge and Harvard. I guess I should've worked harder.

sisilia Awww I guess it‘s never too late 3w
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Samara_Kipnis
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Unbelievable, yet it is. Insightful. Amazing to witness someone so fully present in examining and creating her own identity.

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Samara_Kipnis
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“I had begun to conceive of what my education might cost me, and I had begun to resent it” (293).

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Samara_Kipnis
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I love how much she learned from Bob Marley! ❤️💛💚

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sisilia
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Just started this... Omg 🤯

sprainedbrain Expect more of that. 🤪 3w
Caroline2 Such an amazing book! 💖 3w
sisilia @sprainedbrain This is like a cross between Glass Castle and The Poisonwood Bible 3w
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Wildly_Bookish
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About half way through this. Really enjoying it so far, despite memoirs/biographies not being my usual cup of tea.

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AnneCecilie
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Another thing I‘ve learned from listening to this memoir is that you can do and be everything you want to. Tara is “home schooled” which in this case means that she‘s not doing any school at all, but working with her dad. When she decides she wants to go to college she studies hard to pass the tests. She gets in. She then applies to summer school at Cambridge. And gets in with some help from a professor. So hard work and some luck.

#TIL #NFNov

Mandoul Sounds good, thanks! 4w
Clwojick 4 pts. 4w
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AnneCecilie
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I‘ve listened to Educated a lot in the recent days and one of the things I‘ve learned is that when you are mistreated or physically abused by one or more family members, you can only fool your self for so long. Tara has some very bad experiences with one of her brothers that she explain away for years, but eventually she realize that her experience isn‘t normal or accepted behavior.
#TIL #NFNov

Eggs I agree 4w
Clwojick 4 pts. 4w
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NeedsMoreBooks
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A really powerful memoir, Westover set foot in a classroom when she was 17. Her parents are Mormon survivalists in Idaho who are anti-establishment, anti-medicine, and anti-government. The memoir traces Westover‘s childhood as the youngest of 7 children, her break with her family, her education, and her rift with her parents. TW-physical abuse. It is a strange powerful book for me as I got a view into the life and beliefs of her family. #NFNov

Clwojick 6 pt. 4w
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NeedsMoreBooks
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“When I was a child, I waited for my mind to grow, for my experiences to accumulate and my choices to solidify, taking shape into the likeness of a person. That person, or that likeness of one, had belonged. I was of that mountain, the mountain that had made me. It was only as I grew older that I wondered if how I had started is how I would end—if the first shape a person takes is their only true shape.” #NFNov

Clwojick 1 pt. 4w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This book both covers a lot of ground, and is intensely intimate. One child‘s story of escaping a dysfunctional and abusive family. She inspires me. And I want to give her 10-year-old self, working in her dad‘s junkyard, a giant hug, shower, and ride to school. None of those things were forthcoming in her family. That it‘s a harrowing memoir is an understatement. But I loved it.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
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#NFNov

Bakingbookworm Great review! I also loved it. I‘m glad it continues to be so popular. 4w
Tamra I am completely in the minority on this one. Her story is compelling, but I felt like it could have benefited from a paring down. I ended up skimming much of the last third. 🤷🏾‍♀️ 4w
Caroline2 I loved this book too. 💖 4w
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IndoorDame Great review! I listened to this a year ago and loved it. I think I‘d like to go back and read it now. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra I can see how it could have been slimmed down, even though I didn‘t mind it‘s pacing. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Bakingbookworm Thanks. It sure is. Been on Amazon‘s “most read” charts for 89 weeks ... not that that‘s the only judge. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Caroline2 It‘s just so good! 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @IndoorDame Thanks. I read the ebook, but would be interested in the audiobook—after a while! 4w
Clwojick This has been on my tbr for a while, and thanks to my MIL I now have a copy. I need to get to it soon. 6 pt. 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick Nice MIL. Hope you find this as interesting as I did. 4w
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NeedsMoreBooks
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“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery.
None but ourselves can free our minds.”
#NFNov

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NeedsMoreBooks
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“An education is not so much about making a living as making a person.” #NFNov

Clwojick 1 pt. 4w
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Melissa-Az
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One of the best books I read in 2019.

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LaraS
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Finished this book about a week ago, but needed some time to marinate on it. There's so much going on in this book I don't even know where to start. Fortunately my Mum is coming to visit me this weekend; she's the one who told me to read it so I'm looking forward to hashing it all out with her!

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Laru79
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Finished this last night and while I‘m glad to have read it as I‘ve heard so many people talking about it, it wasn‘t an easy read. The family are so damaged by their dad‘s rule, and Tara‘s abuse at her brother‘s hands, made this a read I was glad to finish. It‘ll make for a great book group chat, but I don‘t think I‘ll recommend it to anyone. What did everyone else make of it?

MicheleinPhilly I‘ve only read about 25% of it. I put it down because I just wasn‘t in the right head space to read about such misery. 1mo
Laru79 Yeah @MicheleinPhilly I kind of raced through it so I could get past the misery. I wouldn‘t go back to it if I were you. I need to read something really happy and romantic now to get the balance back!! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly It‘s strange because I can read all about serial killers and psychopaths but this was just really bugging me. Maybe because they‘re all fictional characters. I recommend 1mo
Laru79 Yes I think sometimes things are too real! I read Nina Hill recently - loved it!! I‘ve got to read Platform Seven as it has so many reserves in it at the library but then I‘ll be on the lookout for some joy!! 1mo
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Scochrane26
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Help! Of course, 2 audiobooks came off hold for me today, as happens to all of us. I‘m currently in the middle of an audiobook, have another downloaded (but I can always return & get it later), and now have 2 more to read in 2 weeks. That‘s a lot for me. One of them is Educated, but I also have the print copy on hold. Which is better—the physical or audiobook?

LaraS Just finished this book, it was fantastic. I read the physical copy, and I‘m glad I did because there‘s a lot of truly infuriating things that happen, so I frequently paused, looked away, took a deep breath and really let it sink in before before continuing. Also, there‘s lots of chapter/sub chapter breaking points in the text so it‘s easy to read “just one more section”, making it really quick and easy to get through. 1mo
ladyneverwhere I read educated and really liked it, but I've heard the audiobook is incredible. The woman who narrates it is supposed to have done a really great job highlighting the drama while she reads. 1mo
Scochrane26 @LaraS @ladyneverwhere Thanks for the info. I‘ll prob stick w/ audio for now, I usually listen in short spurts while I‘m driving. 1mo
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MrBook
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Second #NYC bookclub was the tagged book for the #2030SomethingBookClub 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Almost 30 folks showed up in the pouring rain for this very much enjoyed book!

Have you read this one?!

RenePenn Not yet but it‘s on my list! 1mo
EKonrad Yep, so good!!! 😊 1mo
Amor4Libros Loved it!! 1mo
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JenReadsAlot Very good! 1mo
rwmg A book club favourite 1mo
webhau1 Yes, we are actually reading it this month for the bookclub I am I‘m. It is very good. I am looking forward to discussing it with them. 1mo
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LaraS
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Taking another short break from the #screamathon...This has been on my holds list for almost a year, so when I saw it on the express shelves I had to grab it!

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Laru79
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Lunch at my desk today with this little beauty! I have wanted to read this for soooooooo long and I managed to convince my book club they did too! Already looking forward to that discussion and I‘m only 20 pages in.

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Coreyp
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Interesting story. I kept waiting for someone to die because of the self hard living conditions.

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Mrs_Organized_Chaos
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It is taking me much longer than expected to get through this book. I am not sure how I feel about it yet.....

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kourtneyamodio
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This is an amazing story of how much an education can change your life and the way you perceive the world around you. How education literally gives shapes to your thoughts. It deals with really difficult subject matter very well and she completely captures what it feels like to change so much that you must leave loved ones behind. I absolutely loved this book!

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rather_be_reading
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We are all of us more complicated than the roles we are assigned in the stories other people tell.

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rather_be_reading
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What is a person to do, I asked, when their obligations to their family conflict with other obligations....?

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rather_be_reading
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If I yielded now, I would lose more than an argument. I would lose custody of my own mind.

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I knew I should be drunk with gratitude...

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rather_be_reading
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...paralyzed with indecision...

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rather_be_reading
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...I left the bathroom carrying that calmness delicately, as if it were a china plate balancing on my head.

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rather_be_reading
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The past was a ghost, insubstantial, unaffecting. Only the future had weight.

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rather_be_reading
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...that showed me I could admite the past without being silenced by it.

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rather_be_reading
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...a moment so saturated with the past...

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From the monent I had first understood that my brother Richard was a boy and I was a girl, I had wanted to exchange his future for mine. My future was motherhood; his, fatherhood. They sounded similar but they were not. To be the one was to be a decider. To preside. To call the family to order. To be the other was to be among those called.

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