A powerful story of one woman's struggle to break free of her past and of her family in order to shape a better world for herself. Tara Westover is the youngest of seven children born to survivalists in 1986 rural Idaho. Her parents distrusted modern medicine, the government, and placed little value on a proper education. Her upbringing was chaotic, bordering on abusive. Until the age of seventeen, Tara had never entered a classroom, had never even heard of the Holocaust or the Civil Rights movement. Armed with nothing but her own grit and determination, she would eventually earn her PhD from Cambridge University. Tara's incredible journey also highlights the conflict between the awareness she's gained from her education and her loyalty to her family. Her story is truly inspiring and unforgettable.

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