Tara Westover: From Harrowing Childhood to Cambridge PhD

No birth certificates, no school, no doctors, no registered existence, and abuse at the hands of one of her brothers. Westover’s first book “Educated” describes how she escaped a traumatic childhood to graduate from Brigham Young, Harvard, and Cambridge University with a PhD.

Also in this episode, Roxanne discusses some of her favorite memoirs and some of yours!

To purchase any of the books in this episode, just go to R.J. Julia.

Educated by Tara Westover

Fifty Days of Solitude by Doris Grumbach

Personal History by Katharine Graham

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead-My Life Story by Cecile Richards

Running in the Family Michael Ondaatje

With a Daughter’s Eye: Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson by Mary Catherine Bateson

Where is the Mango Princess: A Journey Back from Brain Injury by Cathy Crimmins

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese

After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, A Daughter’s Search by Sarah Perry

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson



1 Comment

  • Hilary Williams Posted August 7, 2018 5:34 pm

    I very much enjoyed this episode! I had already put Educated on my TBR list, but now I am even more intrigued. My breath caught when Tara said, “They [parents] don’t have to change for me to love them, but they do have to change to be a part of my life” (paraphrasing). Powerful, and something I needed to remember. One of my very favorite memoirs is Another Kind of Madness by Stephen P. Hinshaw. I laughed and cried my way through the heartbreaking (and familiar) story of loving someone in the midst of mental illness. This particular memoir touched my life (and my attitudes) in many ways. This author would be a wonderful guest. Thank you for all of your inspirational and fun episodes!

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