By Tara Westover
- Release Date: 2018-02-20
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Educated Tara Westover Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • One of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.”—Bill Gates
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: National Book Critics Circle’s Award In Autobiography and John Leonard Prize For Best First Book • PEN/Jean Stein Book Award • Los Angeles Times Book Prize
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 [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
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR • Good Morning America • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • The Economist • Financial Times • Newsday • New York Post • theSkimm • Refinery29 • Bloomberg • Self • Real Simple • Town & Country • Bustle • Paste • Publishers Weekly • Library Journal • LibraryReads • BookRiot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library
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User reviews about this book
I have no words, this is an incredible book. I couldn’t put it down. Savoring it wasn’t an option because it was so good!
What a life! For someone like me, who’d grown up poor, but “educated” on the crowded east coast of America, the the congested state of NJ, Tara’s life is unfathomable. Thank you for telling your story and making the right decision to go on with YOUR life and not your father’s version of your life.
One of the most powerful books I’ve ever written.
Hard to read
. . . but beautifully written.
What an inspiring life!
The author wrote very candidly of her family, her childhood, adolescence, and her ultimate breaking point.
She fought admirably for an education and the life she wanted but the ultimate battle was waged with herself.
Good easy read.
A Moving and Heartbreaking Memoir
This is an incredible book in so many levels. At first, I took the title to refer to Westover’s attempt to educate herself out of the terribly insular world her family lived in. By the end of the book, I felt that the title referred to the eye opening and painful education Westover had as she got out into the world and realized how terribly dysfunctional her family really was. She had to find a new way to deal with her family.
I was very impressed with the way Westover dealt with some of the most painful memories of her family. She was very careful to check with every family member she remembered as being there at the time of the incidents, and shared their perspectives regardless of whether or not they agreed with hers.
Finally, I was most impressed with the sense of hope I found as I finished the book. Despite the ugliness of some of the events in the book, Westover is never bitter. This book will stay with you.
Amazing story of self-discovery
A quest for knowledge that eventually puts the author on a path of self-discovery and battle of conflicting views. Great read!!!!
Based on a true story. Fascinating life journey of main character/author.
I’m a Mormon and i highly recommend this book
I love how this book shows how lack of education can lead to a toxic, dangerous, and limited life (and relationships). I highly recommend this book. I know a lot of LDS (Mormon) people who are unsure if they should read this book or not because they’ve heard that it bashes on the church or their religious beliefs. The story is based on a Mormon family, but a very very extreme one that also made up extra laws and rules that the Church doesn’t teach or encourage. And at the end of the book the author even makes sure to add that her life story isn’t her trying to bash on the LDS/Mormon religion, by her sharing her life stories she’s more making the point of how important it it to educate yourself. I highly recommend this book.
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