Westover’s disturbing, powerful memoir is much more than seeking the education she was denied by her

government-hating, paranoid father whose mental illness was a factor in the astonishing lack of concern for his children’s welfare.

Born to survivalists in the beautiful mountains of Idaho, Tara prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs with her mother, a midwife and healer. Tara had no birth

certificate, never saw a doctor, and didn’t go to school.