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  • Quyen B. Nguyen, Ph.D.

Another recent read: Educated by Tara Westover

This month’s theme for my “fun” reading: memoirs. This book was recently recommended by my sister. Imagine growing up in a rural area where you’re not formally educated at school nor really home-schooled by parents or caregivers. Where your family doesn’t typically seek treatment even when needed from healthcare professionals, or the medical establishment. This is the story of Tara Westover – of how she became educated at the end. It’s also about the stories we tell ourselves of our lives. How the truth shifts and changes as we shift and change – or at least our understanding, interpretation, or integration of it. That truth may look and feel different from other people’s/participants’ truth in that same story. Tara’s story is also about resilience, persistence, resourcefulness, mentorship, faith, and family. Caveat: This memoir may be triggering for people who have survived domestic violence or childhood abuse/trauma. Some parts of the book are difficult to read because of the pain and suffering.

Check it out from your local library or bookstore if you like.


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