Educated: Join Us for the 2019 Fall Shared Reading Experience

Looking for a thought-provoking activity? Join local NDWC groups and alumnae around the globe for our ninth Shared Reading Experience, which will take place this September - October 2019. Many of you read Being Mortal with us this spring (thanks!), and we’re looking forward to another opportunity for lively and engaging discussion. It was a tight race, but the results are in, and the winning book is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. (Continue reading for a longer description of the book.)

Here's how you can participate in the Shared Read

  • READ.  Pick up a copy of Educated and read along with us.
  • JOIN.  Participate in our virtual discussion via the Shared Read Facebook group (begins Sunday, September 8 and wraps up on Sunday, October 13). You'll get a suggested reading schedule as well as reflection questions, background info about the author and more. All are encouraged to follow along and post questions and comments on the group page.
  • DISCUSS.  In addition to the online conversation, you may check with your NDWC local group (if applicable) to see if they are planning an in-person discussion in September, October, or beyond. Scheduled meet-ups will also be posted on the Shared Read Facebook group. 

Love reading? We need your help!

To ensure a thought-provoking discussion, we need a range of voices bringing their own unique experiences and opinions. That’s where you come in! Please consider becoming a Shared Read volunteer for the Fall 2019 event. Here’s what you need to know:

  • What does it involve? Shared Read volunteers commit to reading the book and posting brief questions/observations/other interesting content to the virtual discussion via Facebook once a week for 5 weeks starting September 8 (more frequently, if you choose).
  • Do I have to be a "book expert" to volunteer? No expertise or special knowledge needed, and you don't need to worry about finishing the book before we begin. While some will have already finished reading by September 8, others may choose to follow our suggested reading schedule (average of 65 pages/week during the online discussion period) and post a question or comment that relates to what they've read thus far.
  • What if I'm not on Facebook? While we know that not everyone has a Facebook account, this is the most accessible platform for our discussion (at least for right now). Fortunately, it's free to sign up. If you wish, you can always create a Facebook account, join the NDWC Shared Read group, and close your account once the discussion is over. 
  • I'm interested! What's next? Email NDWC Shared Read Coordinator Susan Krenn ’04 at She'll ask you to pick a particular day of the week for your Facebook posts, e.g., every Tuesday during the 5-week event. She’ll also send you some sample posts so you have a better sense of what sort of content to contribute.

Thanks for considering & we look forward to reading with you! Don’t forget to join the Shared Read Facebook group to follow along and share your thoughts with other ND women.
About Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her 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. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

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