A MemoirBook - 2018
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“You are not fool’s gold, shining only under a particular light. Whomever you become, whatever you make yourself into, that is who you always were.”
“My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.”
“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds” — Bob Marley
I was able to tell myself that it didn't affect me, that he didn't affect me, because nothing affected me....I had misunderstood the vital truth: that it's not affecting me, that was its effect.
My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.
“You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them,” she says now. “You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.”
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Tara Westover, the daugher of rural Idaho survivalists, was 17 when she first went to school. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara educated herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge transforms her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then does she reflect on where she came from.
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