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Thursday, September 24, 2020

The One Book Villanova Committee is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 One Book selection: Educated by Tara Westover. 

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. 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 Tara’s older brother became violent. Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom.

After that first encounter with education, Westover pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She received an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009 and in 2014 was awarded a PhD in history. Currently, she is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center, working on projects related to media and political polarization.

Educated was named the ‘Nonfiction Book of the Year’ by the American Booksellers Association and one of the ‘10 Best Books of 2018’ by the New York Times.


Tara Westover


Thursday, September 24, 2020




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