Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This was my Book Club’s pick for September! I enjoy reading memoirs, although I hadn’t really heard much about this book before it was picked. The cover was intriguing to me. I did end up listening to this on audio. The story stirred up a lot of conversation, a great pick for book clubs!
This story was unreal. Tara shares with us the tale of how she grew up and how she became something far apart from her upbringing. She was 17 before she ever entered a class room. There didn’t seem to be the time between planning for the apocalypse, canning peaches and helping her mother concoct remedies out of herbs for her mothers midwife gig.
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 her mothers tinctures. 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.
Tara began educating herself, sometimes hiding behind a chair to do so. 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, which was mind blowing that she knew nothing about!
There is so much that goes on in this book, you’ll want to keep reading it. It was said by a few book club members that they found it a little hard to get into at first, but got better. Have you read this book or are you reading it in your book club? Let me know your thoughts!