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Secular Book Club – “Educated” a memoir

Wednesday, August 21
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Center for Inquiry – Transnational
1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, New York 14228 United States

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Organized by:
Center for Inquiry Western New York


By popular vote our Summer selection is

“Educated” a memoir by Tara Westover


One of president Barack Obama’s favorite books of the year
On Bill Gates’s holiday reading list
Finalist for the national book critics circle’s award in autobiography


Join us Wednesday August 21st at 7PM

at CFI for another lively Secular Book Club discussion.



Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her 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. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University.

Excerpts from Amazon user reviews:

“I was enthralled and moved by this powerful memoir. The author grew up in a survivalist family in Idaho, the youngest child. She was not home schooled—instead, she simply didn’t go to school at all, due to her father’s mistrust of public schools. Her family didn’t believe in modern medicine. Instead, her mother was an herbalist and midwife…. One line, ‘reality becomes fluid’, hit me very hard. When you know something happened a certain way, but others can’t accept that reality and attempt to change the past by denying it—Tara Westover is able to write about this so powerfully I was crying at points.”

“I highly recommend this book about a girl whose childhood began on a beautiful mountain in a narrow world created by her father’s anti-establishment mindset of fear, insanity, and control and ended when she decided to venture out into the wider world and research the facts for herself…. This book is an exciting read. I read it around the clock within two days. It’s also complicated enough to provoke intellectual discourse about what it means to be faithful to oneself and how loyalty to family plays out against self-worth and self-knowledge.”

For more information text/call John @ 716-238-3821 or email wny@centerforinquiry.org