By Tara Westover
- Release Date: 2018-02-20
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Educated Tara Westover Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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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
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By Eva Palomares
Very interesting in many ways. Sad. Un estudio sociológico de una realidad para mi desconocida. Por lo que se refiere a la violencia contra las mujeres es igual en el mundo, comienza en la propia familia. Excelente libro.
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Best book I’ve read this year!
Tara’s story is remarkable. I highly recommend everyone read this book. It was one of those books that makes you dread finishing it.
An amazing story told beautifully.
A remarkable story of personhood found through struggle, pain both physical & mental, and the strength of knowledge sought through an understanding of a philosophy of history. Education ignited the heart of this author. Her strong will & sense of love speaks to hearts beyond these pages.
This book was eye opening and had me crying at certain parts! A must read!
This book was an eye opener of the other side of education in this country. There are people who have the access to education, and the roads nicely paved in that direction, who take it for granted and then there are those who have no easy access, or permission to go to school, who will get as far as the stars to at least learn about what’s beyond their line of sight.
As a retired teacher, I often wonder how my previous students are doing, where they there they may be working, how is the family?
The situations I learned about were shocking. I believe that the teachers/ professors went above and beyond to assist her. They listened, believed and encouraged.
Teachers are often able to love on those in unfortunate circumstances.
An unexpected page turner...
Loved this book, couldn’t put it down! One of the best parts about it was wondering about the truth vs. perspective aspect - how different would this story be if told by a 3rd party? The annotations throughout the book detailing where others have different recollections of the same memories reinforced this question more and more as I read. Still not sure, but no matter what it’s one wild life story!
By waves r swimming
From start to finish I was glued to this book. And that’s all I can say
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