I don’t remember the last time I read a book that affected me so dramatically. ThisĀ  is Tara Westover’s memoir, and it is so so good. She grew up in the mountains of Idaho with parents who belonged to a radical subset of the Mormon church. They were anti-government, anti-medical establishment, anti-school. Tara never saw a doctor or a nurse, didn’t get a birth certificate until she was 9 years old, and did not set foot inside a classroom until she was 17. This book is really hard to read at times – it’s also hard to believe that it’s all true because it’s one of those cases where the truth is stranger than fiction.