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
Terrifying and amazing5By latsyrcstarMemoirs are not usually the type of book that strikes my interest, however, the survivalist-Mormon backdrop was something I had only a vague idea of. After hearing a brief interview of Tara prompting the book I decided it was a must read & having just finished the book just hours ago... I’m so glad I did. I will say, if you have a history of trauma and may be sensitive to reading about someone else’s tread lightly. The story itself is still baffling to me- Tara’s journey from barely any education to being highly educated due to her own will, through all of her family struggles, is astounding.
A Mirror into One Life5By K1m8:)$It is not often a book allows you reconsider your own childhood. While I read this window into Ms. Westover’s life, I questioned my own memories and my own beliefs. When does a child quit being a child? When a child reaches a certain age or participates in some religious event? Is it that moment when a child stops accepting that their parents viewpoint is the only accurate version of events? Is it that moment when we all determine what our own beliefs are? Do we believe in God because we are told to believe or do we truly own our faith and belief as our own? Adulthood is a process for all of us and this book walks us through Ms. Westover’s process. The book was very well written and you can hear the internal struggle that she has gone and appears to still be going through. I do hope this book provided Ms. Westover with a semblance of healing. I pray that her faith in God and her own memory can be restored. It is an excellent book written with an open mind and acknowledgement that it is her viewpoint. She manages to show respect to her family by not degrading them, while acknowledging that it is not the accepted normal.
Not a fan.2By ajfilbertI Purchase this book based on the reviews. But, I had a hard time getting through this book. It was ok, but not one that I will remember. I am not sure what all the wonderful reviews are about.
You can be mean and I don’t have to be mean to you4By NQKTDon’t know I mean I have some stuff to do I have to make it to you and do stuff you know you want me to do
If only5By Grandma n familyI couldn’t put this book down, because some of it seemed so familiar to me. If only it could have been expressed as a work of fiction with a pseudonym as author. She could have possibly retained association with more of her family. But then the book may never have been seriously considered, nor become so critically acclaimed. I thank the author for her bravery and congratulate her for her achievements.
Educated by Tara Westover5By SG - CTThis book was beyond riveting. Tara Westover grew up in a family most of us could not fathom, one in which her family who keeps their children out of school, sees modern medicine as evil, and didn’t even get her a birth certificate until about age 9. The backdrop of Buck’s Peak in rural Idaho serves to ground this family but separates Tara both physically and educationally from the modern world until against all odds, she grows wings, a painful process that pits her between the educated world and the one her bipolar father and submissive, herbalist mother have so carefully constructed for her. Tara’s strength and revealed weaknesses make you root for her. And her beautiful articulate writing and development of family members leaves you heartbroken, retrospective, and involved. She lets us into her world, her struggles, and her eventual education that serves to liberate her. I couldn’t put this book down and didn’t want to finish it so awed am I by Tara’s true life story.
Educated2By mickithemouseDidn’t care for it, couldn’t feel any interest in any of the characters
Outstanding Read!!!!!5By nsuzuuAs someone who barely reads (I know it’s not good), this book took my breath away. Tara Westover’s story is incredibly unique, with twists and turns every page. I could hardly believe I was reading a factual memoir. If I could give this book 100 stars I would!! Definitely a must read.
Educated4By jerrisuThis is a page turner because it’s so unbelievable. So unbelievable, in fact, that even after completion of the last chapter, I have to remind myself that it is nonfiction. Only 4 stars because, at times, the writer left me wondering what had happened to certain family member as she had not mentioned them for a long while. I.e., Richard. By chapter 16 I was asking myself, Where was HE when all this craziness was happening?
Astounding and perhaps a little too creative3By mr sterlingI loved this book but began to have nagging doubts about it later. Perhaps truth mixed with fiction to keep it likely. Somehow the antagonists seem to rise from the dead miraculously. No real names and her interview on the news hour made her look like she was hiding something.