Book Review | Hill Women

One of my favorite books of 2018 was Tara Westover’s Educated. It’s still one of my favorite memoirs. So when I heard about Hill Women by Cassie Chambers, I knew I had to read it. Both of them are about women who grew up poor and grew up to be strong, educated women. Which is something I’ve learned I really enjoy reading.

(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)


I love reading memoirs about strong women, and Hill Women was a great one. I went into this book thinking it was going to be about how big of an impact education can have on women in poor communities. And it definitely did was, at least in part. But it was so much more. Seeing how these women lived had a huge impact on me. I was hugely impressed by how strong they were (and are).

I think this is an important and timely book because it gives a lot of insight into how poor people, especially in Appalachia live and think. Their values, for example, are probably different from a lot of ours. I’ve talked before about how reading books that expose us to the experiences of others is important. It broadens our worldview, and Hill Women definitely did that for me.

If I’m being honest, this book took me a bit to get into. The writing didn’t immediately grab me. But about halfway through, I found myself becoming more and more invested in the lives of this family. While the story wasn’t exactly exciting to read, it was enjoyable. I think Cassie Chambers had an important story to tell, and she told it well.


★★★★☆ – I really enjoyed Hill Women. Learning about how women in poor communities lived made a pretty big impact on me. I believe it’s very important to gain understanding of how other people live, and I think this book is a great way to do it. While I didn’t love it quite as much as Educated, I would still recommend it for fans of Tara Westover’s book.

This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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