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 DoughboyWIA remarkable story. I will never forget.
Educated4By mrsbppReally enjoyed.
You can’t put it down5By ZardinoThis book is fantastic! My mom was listening to it in the car and I started to listen and couldn’t stop. Tara Westover’s story is full with sadness, happiness, and excitement. A must for anyone
AMAZING.5By vanackerenkI’ve always loved reading, but I’ve struggled to finish reading anything the last two or so years. This book? No problem, I couldn’t put it down! I’ll be recommending this book to anyone who can possibly listen.
Incredible and frustrating story4By FladaddyVery well written and brutal memoir about her Mormon upbringing and her ability to survive a constant quest for love from her parents. The abuse is horrible to read, you see her returning to the same gruesome scenes thinking they’ll be different when they could never be. It stunned me at the end in the acknowledgements her statement that the author states this book isn’t about Mormonism. Of course it absolutely is. All of this education and still she believes she can separate her family objectively. I came away depressed that she won’t find the love she is so much seeking because love can’t come from a tortured past. It must come from an accepted present w hope for a different future. It’s sad but I was left with the impression she is still very much still trapped.
great read5By ML1187definitely recommend this book. i really enjoyed it. Tara is a remarkable young woman.
Gripping.5By K-swizzle2016Stellar collection of memories - like you’re living her life right there in the room amidst it all. Couldn’t put the book down. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
Loved this book!5By JWC1976A must read.
Educated5By 8Skyler8This book was fabulous! I read it in 2 days. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The scenes were vividly described. All of the characters came to life and had sympathetic qualities. I felt as if I were there on that mountain in Idaho with them. I was cheering for Tara and hurting for her through the entire book. Highly recommended!
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