Tara Westover’s childhood was distinct. Raised by survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she encountered extreme adversity. She wasn’t allowed to attend school, and instead worked in her father’s junkyard. She suffered serious injuries, and was sometimes at the mercy of a volatile and abusive older brother. She chronicled her story in “Educated,” a best-selling book she hopes people find relatable. “I wrote the book in such a way that people, I hoped, could have some little pieces of the experiences I had. I wanted that to through a filter of their own lives,” she says. She speaks with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief of The Atlantic.
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