Educated - Tara Westover

Educated

By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,067 Ratings

Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • WASHINGTON POST AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE • PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S 2018 SUMMER READING • ONE OF TIME’S BEST MEMOIRS OF 2018 SO FAR • ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY’S TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • PBS NEWSHOUR/NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE MONTH

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

“Westover is a keen and honest guide to the difficulties of filial love, and to the enchantment of embracing a life of the mind.”The New Yorker

“Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind. . . . In briskly paced prose, she evokes a childhood that completely defined her.”The Atlantic

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.