Sisterhood Book Club
Date: Monday, January 7, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Adult Reading Room of the RAMBAM Center
Contact: Lori Fabry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 305.972.9585 or Angela Durand, email@example.com, 305.322.5489
A dynamic and engaging opportunity to discuss books that are sure to generate conversation about a multitude of topics.
Monday, January 7, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Adult Reading Room
Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover
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 father’s 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 Tara’s 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 she’d 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 one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
Please join us for a potluck dinner and discussion. Let us know what you will be bringing (appetizer, main course, salad, side dish, dessert, beverages or wine). Those on the current book club roster will receive a Whoozin invite to RSVP and comment on what you will be bringing. Contact Lori Fabry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 305.972.9585 or Angela Durand, email@example.com, 305.322.5489 with any questions or to have your name included on the Whoozin list. Everyone is welcome to be part of this fun evening!