Westover's autobiography, Educated, reads like a well-written work of fiction, drawing empathy from her readers. Unlike some fiction I've read recently, say The Lost Apothecary, there is nothing easy or one-dimensional about her family or her life. It's all messy and honest. There's not much I can say that hasn't been said about this book before, but Westover proves once again, the personal is political. Read her story to see the triumph of a woman defining herself and her space in the world despite everything she knew telling her she was asking for too much. But it will stay with you because she has a gift for pulling meaning from action and stating in a way that makes it seem obvious. I'll be following her future career with great interest.

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