It received positive reviews in the London Times, the New York Times and the New York Times Book Review. A portion was excerpted as the autobiographical piece, “What Happened After I Left My Survivalist Family and Went to College” in the February 15, 2018 issue of Time magazine. Westover’s debut has been listed among the BBC’s “ten books to read in February (2018)” and Entertainment Weekly’s “most anticipated books of 2018.”
Westover was born in a small town (pop. 234) in rural Idaho; her parents were Mormon survivalists who homeschooled their seven children haphazardly, with the exception of homesteading crafts and religious texts or devotional literature, yet from which she gained confidence in self-sufficiency and ability to acquire skills. As a teenager, Westover read independently and was able to gain admission to Brigham Young University. Westover graduated from Brigham Young with honours, earned a MPhil on a Gates scholarship at Cambridge University and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University before her return to Cambridge to complete her doctorate in history.
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