Tara Westover grew up in far southeastern Idaho in a landscape familiar to many in the Gem State, a valley dominated by ranches and ringed by mountains. Her daily life, though, was anything but normal.
The youngest of seven children, Westover was raised by parents who deeply distrusted government and authority figures. She didn't have a birth certificate. She never attended public school and never visited a doctor or a nurse.
At age 17 Tara Westover taught herself enough to pass the A.C.T. and be accepted into Brigham Young University. She went on to earn a doctorate at Cambridge University in England and be awarded a fellowship at Harvard. The story of her remarkable journey - and the personal traumas that haunted her along the way - are the subject of her memoir, Educated.
Right after its publication in February, 2018, Educated shot to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. Praised by critics as "harrowing" and "one of a kind," the book is being translated into 23 languages. Now Ms. Westover, who lives in Cambridge, England, will be coming to Boise in February, 2019 as part of the Cabin's "Readings and Conversations" series.