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GGC READS 2019 Book: Educated: Overview

GGC Reads Event: Watch this space for upcoming events during Spring Semester, 2020.

Discussion groups are open to any student, faculty, or staff member. 

2019 GGC READS Iniative

Connect with your GGC Community through GGC Reads, the campus-wide common reading program.


Barb Mann, Dean of Library Services 678-407-5178

Vicki Parsons, Acting Assistant Dean of Library Services            678-407-5194

GGC Reads Launch Event

Wednesday, September 25th, 2pm-3pm

Heritage Lecture Room (Kaufman Library-Building L)

Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Provost T.J. Arant will kick-off this event with an introduction, followed by a reading by Dr. Perry Dantzler, Assistant Professor of English and CTE Faculty Affiliate of Integrative Learning. A time for a short discussion of the book (e.g., themes, feedback from those who have read it, etc.) will conclude the program along with a social time with light refreshments available. Students may sign up to get a copy of the book at the end of this event.


Book Discussion Groups (see individual dates).

Quiet Reading Room (Kaufman Library-Building L)

Each discussion group is open to any student, faculty, or staff member and are individual discussions

  • Friday, October 4  @ 10am and 4pm
  • Saturday, October 12 @ 11am
  • Monday, October 28  @ 1pm and 5pm
  • Thursday, November 7th  @ 12pm and 4pm
  • Wednesday, November 20  @ 12pm and 4pm 

Make Your Mark Student Success Fair and Imposter Syndrome Panel

Tuesday, Nov. 5

  • Mark Student Success Fair  @ 12pm-2pm, 2nd floor Student Center lounge (Building E)
  • Imposter Syndrome Panel  @ 2pm-3:15pm, Cisco Auditorium (Building C)

Sponsored by the Council to Advise Transitional Studies and First Generation Task Force, these two events are part of National First Generation Student Week celebrations. Tara Westover, author of Educated, was a first generation college student and these events will integrate GGC Reads into the programming.

2019 GGC READS Author

Tara Westover was born in Idaho in 1986. She received her BA from Brigham Young University in 2008 and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014. Educated is her first book.

2019 GGC READS Book

Educated by Tara Westover (2018)

(Copies available for check out in the Library)


Educated. (2018) Retrieved from

Tara Westover was 17 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 in her father's junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara 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 one of Tara's older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important 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. 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 with severing the closest of 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.