Educated - Tara Westover

Educated

By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 14,762 Ratings)

Description

#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

  • Thankful

    4
    By Fleminatpr
    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...

    5
    By HatesShoppingLovesClothes
    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!
  • Amazing memoir

    5
    By waves r swimming
    From start to finish I was glued to this book. And that’s all I can say
  • Gripping

    5
    By AlexanderX2
    I was so thoroughly invested in Tara and her story. Could not put it down—read it in less than a week. I am still grappling with the events long after I’ve finished.
  • Transformative

    5
    By Mister Sandhu
    This book is an emotional roller coaster that chronicles the journey of a young girl trying to find her place in two conflicting worlds: one that was created for her and one that she would build herself. I highly recommend this book especially to first generation college students. I’ve personally found myself at the cross-roads that Tara faced, and it was very empowering to read about her struggle. Very well written!
  • Amazing

    4
    By Nadia822
    Such a great read couldn’t put it down.
  • A Must-Read Novel For People of All Ages

    5
    By Alrex.21
    I cannot begin to describe the journey this novel took me on. I was hooked from the beginning, transported into a world so foreign, yet so real. Westover writes with such truth, such raw emotion that is unmatched. Please take my word and read this life-changing novel. You won't regret it.
  • 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.

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