I tried not to think of it as a death sentence, but watching the never-ending scroll of crops from the window of our car felt a lot like drowning. To pass time on the drive, our parents told us stories about all the freedom of their own small-town childhoods—stories about catching crawdads in streams and eating picnics under trees, all of it unsupervised by adults. It sounded very Boxcar Children minus the dead parents , very pastoral, and I could almost see a nostalgic yellow light cast over the front seat as they talked. I imagined Mom wearing a bonnet and Dad a straw hat, both with childish smudges on their faces, but the vision was ruined by all their real-life skin tags and grey hair.
Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself.
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