Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover spent summers stewing herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and winters working in her father's junkyard.
The family was so isolated from mainstream society there was no one to ensure she and her six siblings received an education, so they didn't.
As a teenager, Westover decided she wanted a better life and, believing education was the key, started teaching herself algebra, trigonometry and grammar. She studied for the ACT and did well enough to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history and learned for the first time about important world events, such as the Holocaust.
In her memoir, "Educated," Westover, who received a doctorate from Cambridge University in 2015, shares how the quest for knowledge transformed her and what it cost her. Consider reading the 2018 title, which Time magazine named one of the 10 best nonfiction books of the year, then join the Thursday Mornings book-discussion group May 23, when it will be the topic.
Thursday Mornings meets at 10:30 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.
On March 28, J. Ryan Stradal's "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" will be considered. Hanya Yanagihara's "A Little Life," a 2015 finalist for both the Man Booker Prize and National Book Award, is up for discussion April 25.
Also held at Old Worthington Library are the first-Wednesday-of-the-month meetings of the Speaking Volumes book-discussion group; all start at 7:30 p.m.
Participants will gather March 6, April 3 and May 1 to talk about "There There" by Tommy Orange, "Before We Were Yours" by Lisa Wingate and "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan, respectively.
The Northwest Passages book-discussion group meets at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Upcoming selections include "Braving the Wilderness" by Brene Brown on March 20, "Unsheltered" by Barbara Kingsolver on April 17 and "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" by Michelle McNamara on May 15.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.