Isolation and Reinvention Are Explored in Educated: A Memoir

Growing up isolated in the mountains of Idaho, formal education was absent from Tara Westover’s childhood. By sheer willpower, she overcame the survivalist mentality of her tight-knit family and earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her story of how she reinvented herself reveals brutally honest accounts of a family, who never saw a doctor and fiercely resisted outside help, even when her older brother became violent. Readers of Jeanette Weaver’s The Glass Castle and J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy will find similar themes to explore.


Summer Vacation Reads

Summer is upon us, and what is there to do? Maple Grove public schools encourage a period of reading every school day, and it’s a great habit to continue throughout the non-school months. Dawn Nelson, library media specialist at Oak View Elementary, suggests the following books for each grade level as a kick-start to a summer of great reads.



Heaven’s Gate: A Book From Dreams

Something incredible happened to Andrew West from November 23rd, 2015 to November 25th, 2016. Every night, this now-22-year-old who grew up in Maple Grove had vivid dreams that continued where they left off the night before. “I remember going to sleep and being so excited to see it every night,” West says. He wrote down every dream he had, accumulating 8,039 pages, and is currently editing the dreams into a series of eight books called the Heaven’s Gate series.



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