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Alumni Offices

Physical Address:
1212 Blake Ave. Moscow, ID

Mailing Address:
111 Perimeter Drive MS 3232 Moscow, ID 11111-3232

Phone: 111-111-6154

Fax: 111-111-6975

Email: [email protected]

Physical Address:
322 E. Front Street, Suite 240 Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 111-364-4030

Fax: 111-364-4035

Vandal Book Club

Join U of I alumni and friends of U of I for an online book club covering professional development and personal growth topics related to careers and leadership. The book club connects through a private forum where people can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining the book club is completely free for alumni and friends, you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy.

Questions? Read our or contact us at [email protected].

Tara Westover and her memoir "Educated"
Vandal Book Club: Seventh Book

Book 7: Educated: A Memoir

September – October 2018

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.

Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Westover never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. 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 an older brother became violent.

When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Westover decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. 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.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it.

Stay tuned for upcoming books!

Past Books

Mistakes Were Made But Not By Me book
Vandal Book Club: First Book
The Big Burn
Vandal Book Club: Second Book
Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father's Wars by Joy Passanante
Vandal Book Club: Third Book
Idaho: A Novel by Emily Ruskovich
Vandal Book Club: Fourth Book
Experts of Our Potential by Brian Fretwell
Vandal Book Club: Fifth Book
The cover of "Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
Vandal Book Club: Sixth Book

Alumni Offices

Physical Address:
1212 Blake Ave. Moscow, ID

Mailing Address:
111 Perimeter Drive MS 3232 Moscow, ID 11111-3232

Phone: 111-111-6154

Fax: 111-111-6975

Email: [email protected]

Physical Address:
322 E. Front Street, Suite 240 Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 111-364-4030

Fax: 111-364-4035

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