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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User reviews about this book
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?
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.
Open minded greatness
Very inspirational! Should be a must read in every high school or even middle. My favorite book I’ve ever read.
This is a must read, no political, religion or education agenda. I was captivated by Ms. Westover memoir, I read it in less than a week.
By KP in Philly
Probably the best book I’ve read in years.
A must read
Heartbreaking and riveting! Bravo to this brave woman.
Enjoyed it and it builds as it goes. Starts out good and ends great. Inspiring.
The best book of 2019!
This book is hands down the best memoir I’ve ever read. I think all women can see parts of themselves in Taras story and her triumph over adversity. It’s a must read!
By Brilee T
This book was so so good. I couldn’t stop reading it. Educated is such a page turner. This book is definitely crazy fun. I felt like I was there in some of the situations she was on. I highly recommended this book!
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