Educated - Tara Westover

Educated

By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 11,310 Ratings

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#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 • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD 

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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

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.

“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


“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

Reviews

  • Great read

    5
    By Patquan
    I read this while on vacation, it was graphic, chilling and very real. The author did an amazing job of providing a detailed accounting for her upbringing and how she was able to rise up.
  • Beautiful, Gripping, Honest

    5
    By noellegm
    Tara Westover’s writing is elegant but painful, fair but exacting, heart-wrenching but redeeming. I highly recommend this book for its examination of family loyalty, human psychology, and the power of one individual to pull herself out of an unthinkable situation and make something of herself. A tale of true grit and bravery.
  • Thank you

    5
    By Eric Dean Harris
    Dear Colleagues and Participants Eric Dean Harris here to say Thank you, Tara Westover. I have not read a book in three years - besides school books. Ever since this book began to be sold, I wanted to read it. I appreciate you, Tara Westover. May you write another book, please. Post Script : Tara Westover, may you give me all the leniency I need to say. I believe your Father is Fun and Smart.
  • Inspiring

    5
    By emmgracej
    Truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’m usually into fictional stories, but this one really pulled on all of my emotions and made me fall in love with Tara Westover. I recommend this book to all people. It’s eye opening, and it describes abuse in a way that’s so personal it’s as if you’re living through it with the author.
  • my favorite book ever

    5
    By MimiEvarts
    This book was beautiful, since last year I have read it twice ! Suggested by a friend that is a well known literary agent, so I knew it must be great. It was better than I imagined. The way she talked about her life allowed me to see a new perspective I have never even thought of before- I give this book as a gift to my friends. Especially those who are younger & in school. Thank you!
  • “Educated” is the perfect title

    5
    By Steph P-322
    I don’t even know what to say, but felt I needed to say something. This memoir changed me, like few books have done.
  • Beautifully written and inspiring

    5
    By Traniqua
    This book helped me understand things in my life that I did not even realize I misunderstood. I loved that it was a self-help type of book but also a story at the same time. It is inspiring to see someone overcome their problems in life to do what is best for themselves despite it being the opposite of what others think is best for them.
  • Could not put it down

    5
    By samanthamc85
    I read this is two days and I am not a person who reads things in two days. What an incredible life. I feel thankful to have read about Tara’s life.
  • Educated

    5
    By H.Herrero
    A tribute to the ones that know who they are , where they come from and keep walking forward written in one of the most beautiful styles I ‘ve ever read
  • Amazing

    5
    By lil-nina
    Great book