Any writer could write a story based on their childhood.
Ms. Westover was raised in a survivalist Mormon family in Idaho. Both of her parents were self-employed. Her mother was a herbalist and a midwife, her father ran his own junkyard. She did not step foot into a conventional classroom until she was in her late teens because her father was opposed to the public educational system. After that first taste of real education, Ms. Westover was hooked. While she slowly broke away from her family, she climbed up the educational ladder, evetually receiving her PhD from Cambridge University in 2014.
For many adults, the decision to move away from their families and the way they were raised is not easy. It requires, patience confidence and the inexplicable belief that you know that what you are doing is the right thing. I enjoyed this book not only because it is well written, but also because it is inspirational to many who would love to chart their own course, but instead they comply with what they have been taught is the right way to live.
I recommend it.