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First Year Reading Experience

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By: Tara Westover

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated by mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.

- Bill Gates

Tara Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind….She evokes a childhood that completely defined her. Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her.” 

- The Atlantic

First-Year Reading Experience

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