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Read-alikes for Educated

Have you been waiting on the holds list to read Educated by Tara Westover and just want a book to pass the time?  Or have you just finished Educated and now you’re wondering what you could possibly read that could ever compare?


Here’s a list of books that just might fill the Educated void:

Estranged by Jessica Berger Gross

This memoir follows Jessica’s journey as a young woman who is abused, both physically and emotionally, by her father.  Later in her life, she decides to break away and cut all ties with her dysfunctional family to finally create a life for herself.  Though she struggles to overcome the trauma and pain that has internally built up throughout her childhood, Jessica works her way down an inspiring path to happiness.
This book is currently available right away in Audiobook format on Hoopla

North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person

In the 1960’s, Cea’s grandparents went from living a normal life in California to living free and surviving on very little in the wilderness of Canada.  Growing up with this lifestyle, Cea’s childhood was relatively happy, aside from the occasional food shortage and fierce weather. At the age of five, Cea’s mother finds a new boyfriend and they all decide to go on the road.  In the years to follow, Cea begins to question her unusual life and starts to wonder what a normal life would be like. After finding her life away from the wilderness, Cea quickly learns that her new “normal life” is filled with its own challenges.
This book is currently available right away in eBook and Audiobook formats on Hoopla.


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel brings her distressing relationship with her father to life in this graphic memoir.  Alison’s father, prior to his death, was both an English teacher and director of a funeral home, of which his family came to call the Fun Home.  Shortly after coming out as a lesbian, Alison finds out that her father was also gay. After his death, Alison struggles through the discomforts of not knowing who she is, as well as the mysteries her father left behind.
Available in Graphic novel format on Hoopla and eBook in Spanish on Overdrive.