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
See someone you know?5By BeauwreckWhile Tara's childhood and life experiences are extreme, I feel I know others who share common ground with her ... family situations that are toxic yet keeps drawing those affected back home and back into the chaos. An excellent read.
Riveting, poignant memoir5By JbrahmsWestover has give us a precious gift with this memoir. Her struggle to come to terms with her Self in light of a convoluted, repressive, even dangerous background is gripping. Highly recommended.
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Every human should read this. Wow. LOVED it!!!!!!!!!5By happy person 167Wow. Love Dr. Westover’s book. I hope you have a great life now. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish I had studied harder in college! I took it for granted. Love, love, love this book. :)
Amazing5By ShortyZofWow. Just...WOW. I could not put this book down. It’s crazy to think all of this actually happened to someone. It’s crazier still that the author could actually write coherently about what she went through. Amazing.
A must read!5By 2DopeBroI read this book straight through! Brilliantly written and thought provoking! A sobering study on the lifelong implications of parenting our children, while at the same time a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Relevant, timely and gripping!
Educated5By thewestbrooksBest book I read in 2018, hands down.
Absolutely beautiful5By GinaccA heart- wrenching story with highs and lows and a profound connection continually established to the author. Thank you, endlessly, for telling your story; humanity, at least this one example of it, is better for having read it.
Unbelievable!!5By bookworms101I read this book for school and absolutely loved it! I don’t usually read non-fiction books as I find them boring, but this book was the exact opposite. Even while I was reading this book it felt like a fiction book because of how unbelievable the story is. This story does not get slow at all, and has you on the edge of your seat the whole time. There is some parts that may be vulgar to some people, so I would recommend this to ages 14 and up. Overall, it is an extraordinary book that I would no doubt read again.