Educated - Tara Westover

Educated

By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,632 Ratings

Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR • Financial Times • The Economist • The Guardian • Newsday • Refinery29 • Real Simple Bustle • Pamela Paul, KQED • Publishers Weekly • LibraryReads • Library Journal • New York Public Library  • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S SUMMER READING • ONE OF BILL GATES’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE

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

“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue

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.

Praise for Educated

“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”The New York Times Book Review

“A heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations of birth and environment into a better life.”USA Today

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

“Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.”—Amy Chua, The New York Times Book Review

Amazon/iTunes Reviews

  • I’m glad I chose it

    4
    By Oesoodle
    Just finished “Where Crawdads Sing” and was a bit disappointed at first both by story (lots of third person writing) and by the narrator but especially by time I was at Part 2 I was pleased I had chosen this book.
  • This book really moved me

    5
    By PDXer
    I was so struck by the clearly illustrated example of how a simple education allowed her to escape the bird cage she and her siblings were trapped in. Starting her education with a blank canvas of a mind and seeing her experiences in dealing with her new discoveries and how her lack of prior knowledge affected her outcome was amazing to see. I look forward to her next book.
  • Gripping, Disturbing, Compelling

    5
    By KateWood
    (May contain information that could be perceived as a spoiler....) I devoured this memoir in two days and immediately recommended it to family. It is a deeply disturbing memoir of family ties, search for self, emotional and physical abuse and the amazing strength of the man spirit. I so admired Tara throughout the book for being a tough, bright young woman, who although was eager to please her family, also had a mind of her own. I literally cried multiple times through the book as she (and other family members) found herself (themselves) in near death accidents because of the negligence and arrogance of her father or the victim of abuse at the hands of her brother. It was maddening to read accounts of her going back home after feeling some satisfaction that she had “escaped”. In the end I have nothing but respect for her. She endured so much suppression, abuse and manipulation it is amazing she has accomplished what she has and can speak so eloquently about her experiences. I wish I could embrace her and thank her for sharing her story, and I truly hope that she is doing well. She will probably never read this, but if so, Tara, I believe every word you wrote and I think you made the right decisions in the end. You deserved so much more. You deserved to be protected from physical and emotional harm. You count as a person. I hope you are at peace and are happy with your life.
  • Educated

    5
    By tootie08
    AMAZING BOOK! So inspirational ❤️
  • Astonishing

    5
    By Dot in Boise
    Once you start reading Tara Westover’s story, don’t plan to do anything else until you finish. She brings the reader inside to live a story that most of could not otherwise even imagine. Wow!
  • Moving, tragic & beautiful

    5
    By zzreads
    A real account of family, determination, loss and self-love. Like a phoenix rising in the ash, we follow Tara on a painful journey to self-discovery and cheer for her miraculous education of life.
  • Education

    5
    By citygirlcountrygirl
    Mesmerizing, I read it in two days. I grew up in a very rural area with no abuse but breaking free from the place was very difficult. I could relate to those moments when you just couldn’t rationalize the culture anymore but could still love your family even if they felt they couldn’t trust you anymore. Thank you for this healing book and the bravery it took to write it and live it.
  • Amazing story, well told

    5
    By KT Reads
    Loved this book for so many reasons--the efforts at accuracy, the careful prose, the use of tension and suspense. So much of this story is unbelievable to anyone with no experience of fundamentalism, mental illness, or dysfunctional families. But Westover brings it all to life with tenderness toward all.
  • Highly recommend

    5
    By jenMHM10
    A
  • 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.

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