But in her public appearances since, she seems most comfortable in the conservative social and political milieu of Vance—the milieu that celebrates individual choice and responsibility above all else.offers an indictment of patriarchy and the damage men do—and how both distort women’s and girls’ senses of themselves and the world.For Westover, the elite academic institutions she attended and her achievements there are not the main events of her memoir but the ambient conditions for her coming to awareness of patriarchy and what it means for her and her family, their faith, and her future.He holds her off the floor by her neck, screaming, “Slut! ” Her mother attempts to stop him, fearing that he is about to kill her. He then wrestles Westover to the ground wrenching her arm behind her back and bending her wrist to near breaking.He loosens his grip, but taunts Westover as she gasps and weeps, “the bitch cries . “She’s not going anywhere until she admits she’s a whore,” he says.“You’re certainly not an entitled snowflake,” Chua quipped, “Do you think it gave you resilience?” This violent danger and its primary sources shifted for Westover with puberty.Subsequently spun through pervasive neoliberal rhetorics of privatization and the liberty of consumption in a free market, this radical feminist claim has been turned upside down, grotesquely reanimated as a celebration of women’s personal choices and individual gains as political acts in themselves. ••• The book is divided into three parts: Westover’s childhood and teenaged years in Idaho, her time at BYU beginning when she was seventeen; and, finally, her move to Cambridge, England, for graduate school.Tied to the progressive time of her formal education and increasing geographical distance from family in Idaho, the narrative within this structure is only thinly focused on academics and is more asynchronous and messy.best seller list in February, Tara Westover has been catapulted to that rare sort of literary celebrity that seems to burst from nowhere and quickly saturates the culture.People are captivated by her journey from youngest child in a radical Mormon family of home-schooling, anti-government survivalists in southeastern Idaho to Brigham Young University at seventeen and then to Cambridge University, a Harvard fellowship, and Ph D in History by the time she was twenty-seven-years old.