Educated - Tara Westover


By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Size: 2.61 MB
Score: 4.5
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • One of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.”—Bill Gates
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: National Book Critics Circle’s Award In Autobiography and John Leonard Prize For Best First Book • PEN/Jean Stein Book Award • Los Angeles Times Book Prize
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 [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

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR • Good Morning America • San Francisco ChronicleThe Guardian  The Economist • Financial Times  Newsday • New York PosttheSkimmRefinery29BloombergSelfReal Simple • Town & CountryBustlePaste • Publishers Weekly  Library JournalLibraryReadsBookRiot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library


  • So many characters that we see in our own lives

    By Game-ination
    TARA has achieved an incredible education, and she shows what spectacular outcomes come from choosing a path and staying focused.
  • Insightful...

    By Brittiny_A
    Having grown up in rural Montana, there are threads of this story that weave into the fabric of my own.
  • Tara Westover 2020

    By Lekker reads
    I was astonished throughout my read, continuously reviewing the profile of Tara, in search of signs that she was once that person. How difficult it is to disengage from a lifestyle that began at birth. Again, I am bombarded with this cliche message that speaks truth at such a depth, never judge a book by its cover.
  • Educated

    By Eva Palomares
    Very interesting in many ways. Sad. Un estudio sociológico de una realidad para mi desconocida. Por lo que se refiere a la violencia contra las mujeres es igual en el mundo, comienza en la propia familia. Excelente libro.
  • Read this now

    By Nishaaa21PCHS
    Best book I’ve read this year!
  • Incredibly gripping

    By Itsmeeex
    Tara’s story is remarkable. I highly recommend everyone read this book. It was one of those books that makes you dread finishing it.
  • Beautifully written

    By Renee930839
    An amazing story told beautifully.
  • Educated

    By bassoboy
    A 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 unique

    By Eve2479
    This book was eye opening and had me crying at certain parts! A must read!
  • Great book

    By IsaIB74
    This 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.