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
Educated5By bassoboyA 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.
So unique5By Eve2479This book was eye opening and had me crying at certain parts! A must read!
Great book5By IsaIB74This 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.
Thankful4By FleminatprAs 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...5By HatesShoppingLovesClothesLoved 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 memoir5By waves r swimmingFrom start to finish I was glued to this book. And that’s all I can say
Gripping5By AlexanderX2I 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.
Transformative5By Mister SandhuThis 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!
Amazing4By Nadia822Such a great read couldn’t put it down.
A Must-Read Novel For People of All Ages5By Alrex.21I 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.