UNA's One Book program began in the 2019-2020 academic year as a common read for for all students, faculty and staff on campus. The book is integrated as part of the First Year Experience Curriculum to support learning outcomes including diversity, open discussion, and understanding of differing viewpoints and life experiences. Any UNA classes are welcome to include the year's chosen One Book in their courses. Collier Library supports the One Book by maintaining a large collection of the books available for check-out and on reserve, as well as hosting events related to the themes and ideas in the chosen book.
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her 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. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
Tara Westover received her BA from Brigham Young University in 2009. She earned a MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard University in 2010. She earned a PhD in History from Cambridge in 2014. Educated is her first book.