Educated: May Pick for “Now Read This”

Educated by Tara Westover is the May 2018 selection for the PBS NewsHour—New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover did not go to the doctor or attend school—until she taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University.

Westover told the New York Times: “I wrote the book I wished I could have given to myself when I was losing my family. When I was going through that experience, I became aware of how important stories are in telling us how to live—how we should feel, when we should feel proud, when we should feel ashamed. I was losing my family, and it seemed to me that there were no stories for that—no stories about what to do when loyalty to your family was somehow in conflict with loyalty to yourself. And forgiveness. I wanted a story about forgiveness that did not conflate forgiveness with reconciliation, or did not treat reconciliation as the highest form of forgiveness. In my life, I knew the two might always be separate. I didn’t know if I would ever reconcile with my family, and I needed to believe that I could forgive, regardless.”

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You can submit questions about Educated to the Now Read This Book Club Facebook Group. Are you reading the book with your friends? Use these discussion questions to get your conversations started.

The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an 8-part PBS television series that explores America’s 100 best-loved novels and celebrates the power of reading. The series will launch on Tuesday, May 22nd on PBS at 8/7c and will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning Meredith Vieira.

The 100 novels were chosen via national survey, and each segment of the show features compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country.

This series is designed to get the country reading and talking passionately about books. Use The Great American Read playlist to make your way through these beloved books!

The series will culminate with the announcement of America’s best-loved book, chosen by a nationwide vote. Voting will open with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode on 5/22 and continue up until the finale in October 2018. Viewers will be able to vote online, via social media using hashtags, and using SMS and toll-free voting.

Book of the Month: The Boys in the Boat

Our August Book of the Month is Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat, the #1 New York Times Bestselling story about nine working-class college kids who triumphed over Nazi Germany in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. If you have yet to try Libro.fm or digital audiobooks, consider downloading a free 43-minute excerpt of The Boys in the Boat today!

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“The individual stories of these young men are almost as compelling as the rise of the team itself. Brown excels at weaving those stories with the larger narrative, all culminating in the 1936 Olympic Games…A story this breathtaking demands an equally compelling author, and Brown does not disappoint. The narrative rises inexorably, with the final 50 pages blurring by with white-knuckled suspense as these all-American underdogs pull off the unimaginable.”
—The Seattle Times

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Join readers and listeners all month on social media to discuss The Boys in The Boat. Use the hashtag #boysintheboat and find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


PBS recently released a documentary about the 1936 Olympic Crew team, The Boys of ’36. See the trailer below or watch Chapter #1 on pbs.org.


You can watch Daniel James Brown speak about the The Boys in the Boat at Washington D.C.’s independent bookstore, Politics and Prose.