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!
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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