By Tara Westover
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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
Extraordinary.5By AlabamaShakesTo anyone struggling to maintain their reality as they come to terms with abuse and manipulation, this book will be a hard read but a necessary, deeply validating salve.
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Educated4By zoesampoochieThis is a deeply disturbing book. And regardless what the author says this book is about both mental illness and Mormonism.
Racist1By terrRibleE14.99 for English 9.99 for Spanish ? Not buying because of that ! Bye
absolutely amazing5By GmphockeyrocksThis book changed some of my perspectives on life. Please take the time to grasp everything she writes!
Great read5By PatquanI read this while on vacation, it was graphic, chilling and very real. The author did an amazing job of providing a detailed accounting for her upbringing and how she was able to rise up.
Beautiful, Gripping, Honest5By noellegmTara Westover’s writing is elegant but painful, fair but exacting, heart-wrenching but redeeming. I highly recommend this book for its examination of family loyalty, human psychology, and the power of one individual to pull herself out of an unthinkable situation and make something of herself. A tale of true grit and bravery.
Thank you5By Eric Dean HarrisDear Colleagues and Participants Eric Dean Harris here to say Thank you, Tara Westover. I have not read a book in three years - besides school books. Ever since this book began to be sold, I wanted to read it. I appreciate you, Tara Westover. May you write another book, please. Post Script : Tara Westover, may you give me all the leniency I need to say. I believe your Father is Fun and Smart.
Inspiring5By emmgracejTruly one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’m usually into fictional stories, but this one really pulled on all of my emotions and made me fall in love with Tara Westover. I recommend this book to all people. It’s eye opening, and it describes abuse in a way that’s so personal it’s as if you’re living through it with the author.
my favorite book ever5By MimiEvartsThis book was beautiful, since last year I have read it twice ! Suggested by a friend that is a well known literary agent, so I knew it must be great. It was better than I imagined. The way she talked about her life allowed me to see a new perspective I have never even thought of before- I give this book as a gift to my friends. Especially those who are younger & in school. Thank you!