Educated - Tara Westover - Tara Westover

Educated

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD 

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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



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  • lil-nina
    5 stars
    Amazing. Great book
  • Zamarina
    5 stars
    Educated. This was an amazing book. About the realities of family and learning to grow in your own shoes as a person and develop your own belief systems about the world. Tara seems to have overcome so much and because of this it has made her stronger than ever. We have all faced difficult situations about family and I commend Tara for standing tall and continuing to move forward. Great book.
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  • ShanteriaShares
    5 stars
    Interesting & amusing read. This book is amazing. It’s highlights the difference between loving your parents (and the life the gave you in your youth) & honoring them from a distance to create the adult life you desire. This can be extremely difficult to do as Tara illustrates in Educated. Unearthing the lies or control of a strict religious background comes at a cost that provides more benefits. I highly recommend this book.
  • sportsfinance
    5 stars
    Wonderful insight into homeschool. Loved the insight into a homeschool education, very interesting! And Westover has an incredibly interesting story.
  • nav_pi
    5 stars
    Eye opening. There is such a disconnect between different communities in our great nation. There is only the stereotypes we hold onto. This book breaks some of this and makes you route for Tara. She beat the odds and we get to read about her arduous journey.
  • cod4 oh yeah
    5 stars
    Powerful. A very powerful story. Had me hooked from start to finish. Some parts are painfully sad and borderline disturbing. This book really makes you think. Loved it.
  • Kentucky family
    5 stars
    Amazing story. This story is completely inspiring. Tara is so intelligent and the way she tells her story is beautiful. This book is a must read.
  • samcousens
    4 stars
    Educated. Remarkable. Raw. A journey of one’s soul.
  • The King Villen
    5 stars
    Wow. It was like stepping into the authors past. Such a powerful story. 💯🙏🏽

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