Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Book Your Stocking with Barbara Williamson

Book Your Stocking 2018

Book Your Stocking: December 19

You're back, Stocking Reader. Good. You know where you are, but if you are not you, but new, you've reached Book Your Stocking, the annual holiday series in which avid readers share the books they'd love to discover in their stockings, or leg warmers, or sock drawers.

Please welcome today's guest, film and literature professor, Barbara Williamson. 


Educated:  A Memoir by Tara Westover
Educated by Tara Westover

I haven’t read this book yet, but it seems to ping many of my buttons:  cultism, survivalism, local area issues, childhood trauma, the meaning and power of education, and the ability to overcome against the odds.  Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times, Educated:  A Memoir, recounts Westover’s experience growing up isolated in an abusive, rural Idaho home with a father who believed public school was indoctrination.  Eventually, she earns her Ph.D. from Cambridge, and this book is her journey.  I am attracted to such books, I think, because I wasn’t supposed to make something of myself, so watching that process of transformation in others is both heartening and inspiring, and I think we need inspiring at this point in history. 


Barbara Williamson
About today's reader:

Barbara Williamson is both a high-school dropout and a proud community-college graduate. She eventually moved on to earn other degrees, including a Ph.D. with a triple emphasis:  Popular Culture with an emphasis in film, Women’s Literature, and 20th Century American and Canadian Literature. She loves teaching film, cultural studies, literature and writing, particularly at a community college, and particularly at Spokane Falls, because she believes teaching at a community college is an act of revolution.


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