Educated - Tara Westover

Educated

By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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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 • FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES BOOK PRIZE

NAMED ONE OF PASTES BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post O: The Oprah MagazineTime • NPR • Good Morning America San Francisco ChronicleThe Guardian The Economist Financial TimesNewsdayNew York PosttheSkimmRefinery29BloombergSelfReal Simple Town & CountryBustlePastePublishers WeeklyLibrary JournalLibraryReadsBookRiot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library


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

  • No words

    5
    By Meghanblairrrrrrrrrr
    Thank you for sharing your story, Tara.
  • Engrossing

    5
    By Whitmben
    I loved it, couldn’t put it down.
  • Good but flaws

    3
    By salt1808
    It was a good book but I had one issue. Would she have gotten these opportunities if she wasn’t white? Would she have gone to Cambridge? I’ll leave that on the table.
  • Good

    5
    By NoahSchilz
    I really enjoyed this story. It was engaging and a good read. To see someone overcome adversity is a gift and a treasure.
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    5
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  • Educated

    5
    By TPK/St. Paul, Mn
    Great book. This is a heartfelt story. It is definitely a must read.
  • Educated

    5
    By sam-gio
    I don’t usually write reviews for anything but this book ... W O W. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to just about anyone. Written beautifully. I felt so many things reading this book, sadness, fear, intrigue, faith, happiness, the list goes on. I often had to remind myself that this is a real story, Tara Westover really lived this life. It is unbelievable & she did an unbelievable job in recounting it for all of us.
  • Educated

    5
    By hfm2003
    One of the best books I have ever read! Read it during a beach vacation in just 4 days.
  • Incredible book

    5
    By akducoentbskf
    One of the most gripping, eye-opening, and insightful memoirs I have read in a long time. Her book is full of compassion and understanding. The vulnerability one must face in order to share such personal details of one’s life is significant, and I am grateful that Tara was willing to share her enriching story.
  • OMG How was this book a big hit?

    1
    By Techlady4160
    It’s just a memoir of a dysfunctional mormon family; that is, a boring mormon family, not the fun, polygamist kind. Told without humor or original insight. It’s also a tale of how pretty white girls have prizes and opportunities thrown at them. There’s an old SNL sketch starring Eddie Murphy called “White Like Me.” It really explains how this author ends up at Cambridge.