Jan 2019 – Educated by Tara Westover

photojan312c82237pmWow!!! What a wonderful first meeting!  We had around 16 or so I believe? Completely smitten with our group.  And we have men!  It’s great to have those because they add a completely different view on so many topics.  Welcome everyone!

After a meet and greet we settled down with a great glass of Vino from one of the members who actually is a wine artisan! It was fabulous by the way.  Loved the label with the black lab I presume.  I’ll have to learn the meaning of the label.

We settled down into author bio and book club discussions.

The group consensus was a general enjoyment of the book.  Some felt Tara Westover left out much of what actually happened to her (i.e. maybe sexual assault by the brother Shawn). While others felt maybe it wasn’t as bad as she states in the book.  The account from other siblings is so different than her own.

The fact her own mother flipped on being on her side versus completely ignoring the issues and problems Tara faced as a child was overwhelming.  Emotional and physical abuse was riddled throughout the book.   The idea was presented that the only way Tara and her mother could be reunited is when the father actually passes away.  Maybe or maybe not.  Here’s a video of LaRee Westover (about an hour and 45 minutes worth watching) Click HERE for the video. 

There’s many videos out on Tara Westover – just google her then click video.   Fascinating to watch an others slice of life.   Also discussed is the norm of someone else compared to your town.   What’s normal for one may seem bizarre and chaotic to another.   After Tara began formal education at Brigham Young University she really began to see just ‘how’ different her childhood actually was.  Sheltered and severe.

Interestingly enough, her mother, LaRee Westover has a FB page.   I found a photo of her father who doesn’t appear to be burned to a crisp (of course healed at this point – but I would have pictured severe scarring on his face) which in the photo it doesn’t appear to be.  What’s so interesting, are the comments to the side which I’ve taken a photo of and posted here as well. The family has disowned Tara – sad all the way around.


Here is a photo of Tara’s brother Tyler.  Dressed all in white – and they’re not even at Seaside on the beach! (joke there…ahem.)


I think we have a good group for this book club!! I’m excited to learn about everyone through discussions for the coming year.

Thanks for joining our petite literary soiree!

See you next month! Thanks to Ellijay Coffee House for hosting!!

*Make sure you follow our mountain town book club to see what we read next!**

A book club is born!

cp4And out of thin air……. a book club appears!!!!

Join us —  we are a group of eclectic blend…..  who have gathered to discuss books once a month.

Our very first meeting is coming soon!

First…..get the book!  I actually bought mine online a pdf for .99 on ebay (seriously…….. I did).   I get the books from the library, or amazon or ebay or whatever method you use.  Kindle…   just get the book!!!  I don’t care HOW busy you are…. if I can read a book a month (considering I own 2 companies… have homes in two states and am a member of 2 other book clubs… I’m pretty darn sure YOU can find the time to read a book and get to book club.  Make the commitment! That is… if you want to have all sorts of fun, intellectual, giddy, serious, silly wine and coffee infused conversations!)  We understand you can’t commit to every month (although I do) come when you can!

cp3Our first book is Educated by Tara Westover.   For a very informative video by the author click HERE .  This reminds me a bit of The Glass Castle which I completely loved.

If you do decide to join us, I’ll get your email and we’ll add you to ‘the list’ of members – you’ll get an evite each month telling you what day etc to come.   The books are chosen for the year which you can see on the ‘list of books’ tab on the website.

When we have authors present at our meetings we will usually video the meeting for youtube which the authors love and that will be on our website as well.   Fun stuff I assure you.

So….our first meeting is coming up!!!  Plan to meet at Ellijay Coffee House (my ‘nest’ when I’m here at my cabin in Coosawatee) because I don’t have wifi and I need to work / write when I’m up here.   A great coffee house is hard to find – I found it here.   We’ll meet on Tuesday January 29th at 6:30.   Now…. we do have a schedule of sorts – someone has to be in charge and I am that person.  From 6:30-7pm we will get settled.  Grab a glass of vino or coffee…. order your food from the coffee shop, settle in.   At 7pm we will begin our author bio.  Then delve into book club questions and discussion of the book.  Now this is the fun part.   Who knows where the discussion will take us?  Dare to bare your soul at book club is the motto.  Book club is part literary, part social, part therapy.  It’s good for your soul.

Oh!!! Bring a bottle of wine to share if you will —  the coffee shop has food and coffee…. if you want wine (I do!!!) bring it.   Thanks!

So…..   join us if you will.  Or pass this along to someone you think might enjoy our group.


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