Educated - Tara Westover

Educated

By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,570 Ratings

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times

“A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable.”USA Today

“The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing.”—The New York Times Book Review

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.

Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The 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 an older brother became violent.

When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. 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.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

Amazon/iTunes Reviews

  • Gripping

    5
    By Kirtan katie
    Just spent a harrowing week reading this memoir. I’ll never forget this story, and the powerful characters within it. Especially because it’s a true story- or as true as can be from Memory. Thank you Tara for your courage. This is a tale of a survivor and I will recommend it to friends.
  • Educated

    5
    By BookNerd#
    Amazing!
  • Excellent

    5
    By 1111momtobe
    In the same category as the Glass Castle. So tragic, so engaging, and so eye opening. Wow.
  • Amazing

    5
    By Kmullen300
    Best book I have read all year and I read a lot of books. You will not be disappointed in this memoir about overcoming the odds of a neglectful childhood. If you have any interest in ACE’s studies and the resiliency of early childhood trauma, this book will grip you and leave you cheering.
  • Excellent read

    4
    By Mememetme
    Finished in less than a week, reading it every night. I had a bully sister and brought brother, no where to the extent that Ms. Westover did, but anticipating getting hit all the time left me dealing with anxiety. It was an interesting look at Mormonism from the fundamentalist side.
  • One of those books

    5
    By marcisimo12345
    Could not put it down
  • Education

    5
    By Oregon777
    Simply amazing. A surprising book about such strength and perseverance even in great adversity. I loved it. Thank you.
  • Educated y Tara Westover

    5
    By African Grey Timnah
    Excellent, fast read. She overcame who her parents demanded she be. I imagine she still mixes them but has learned to protect herself. Continue to shine Tara.
  • By far one of the most thought provoking -

    5
    By DKCMC
    Could not put this one down despite the anxiety the words produced. So much abuse the writer’s words are palpable. But this book is also healing. The depth of this writing is mesmerizing.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Ekthomps
    Truly awe- inspiring. This is my first recommendation when people ask me for a book to read.

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