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“Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover – Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. She stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife, and salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard. In this unforgettable true story, Tara – who has not stepped foot in a classroom until age 17 – goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
“The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown – The inspiring story of nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the American triumph in Nazi Germany. Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how working-class boys from the American West showed the world what true grit really meant.
“Idaho” by Emily Ruskovich – A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss. Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade’s first wife and their daughters.