A Great Book Club Read

Educated A Memoir: Book Review


Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover is a remarkable retelling of a young girl’s struggle to escape a repressive father, abusive brother, and a mother who ultimately puts the needs of her husband over the safety of her daughter.  Born to a religious fanatic, Tara Westover was raised by a father who believed that the best education for his children could only be found in the confines of their home. His paranoia of the government and of the outside world led Tara’s father to isolate his family more and more throughout the book.  After her brother leaves to pursue his education, Tara realizes that this might be her only way out.  Tara borrows books from her brother and through self-teaching learns enough to get into Brigham Young University at an early age.

With the help of friends and mentors, Tara educates herself on not only academics, but the ways of the world.  Her pursuit of an escape through education, will open your eyes to the many little things we take for granted.   Educated: A Memoir is captivating and enlightening from the start and a true testament that the human spirit has powerful potential to overcome impossible odds.  A must read!


Book Review: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub


Emma Straub, the New York Times Best Selling author of the Vacationers, has done it again with her latest  title, Modern Lovers.

This New York Times Bestseller is set in a neighborhood just outside NYC,  introducing us to four friends who had played together in a fairly successful rock band during college.  Now in their seemingly late forties, we learn how their life paths have formed and perhaps disappointed several of them.

At the same time, we meet some of their children who are just about to encounter these idyllic times of youth with mixed feelings of hope and confusion.

Modern Lovers on the surface is about young love and love that has matured over time.  But at its core it’s about finding out who you really are in life and staying true to your dreams (if you are lucky enough to know what they are).

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A Great Airplane Read – The Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable

A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable is a great book to stash in your travel bag this summer.  This book intertwines a story of two fascinating women.  The first story introduces April Vogt, a modern day Sotheby’s Auctioneer, traveling to Paris to estimate the value of a mysterious apartment that has been locked for seventy years, all the while avoiding her marriage that’s in turmoil.

The other story takes us back to courtesan Paris to meet Marthe de Florian, where the true story of this amazing apartment unfolds.  This book has it all, romance, historical fiction, and the beauties and wonders of Paris. Don’t miss out on a good read this summer!


Book Review: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Front cover of the Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

After reading an extremely favorable review by a friend on Facebook, I decided to read Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  Not only was the book praised by friends but it is a Pulitzer Prize Winner and a National Book Award Winner.  So, there’s that.

Through the story of the main character Cora, we connect to the fearful and hopeless life of a slave in pre-civil war America as we witness the devastating tragedies that befall herself and those who surround her.

Whitehead gives the reader glimpses of hope throughout this book, but I found myself frequently disappointed and frustrated by how abruptly that hope was pulled away.  And the more that I thought about it, the more I realized that most likely was Whitehead’s point.