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Number-one New York Times best seller

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 

Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times 

“A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.” (O: The Oprah Magazine

“Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable.” (USA Today

“The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing.” (The New York Times Book Review

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. 

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The 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. 

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. 

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it. 

©2018 Tara Westover (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • 2018-08-22

Great writing, great true story

While education is undoubtedly the hero of the story, the characters from the author's life are all heroes, although some are sad or lost. There is a warmth rather than an accusation as she retells her life. Although at first the reader wasn't for me, I now can't imagine a different narrator, she embodies the voice of the author. Do yourself a favour and listen to this.

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A Memoir

Educated is one of the best books I have read in a very long time.
When I finished it I immediately listened to it again. It was like I couldn't believe some of the details described and wanted to confirm that was what I had heard.
A story of sadness but also happy times in the family, physical abuse by a brother who sounds like he too suffers from some form of mental illness and not just the father. A mother who tells her daughter she believes her stories of abuse but then denies them as she refuses to go against her husband.
Tara's life is one of triumph against all odds. A person who was denied an education in her youth and yet took herself farther than most people who have all the benefits of growing up in a normal family.
I would love to hear of what this lady is able to accomplish in the coming years. I look forward to a second book.
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Phenomenal

Educated provided an education and insight into the world of Mormonism. Well worth the time.

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Jaw Dropping!

This book is incredible. I applaud Tara Westover for telling her story in such a raw yet heartfelt way. There were so many jaw dropping moments in this book. It’s hard to believe that there are those who live a life unlike anyone else. I highly recommend this book!

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Excellent listen!

Very well-written. Tara’s story is so incredibly intriguing, and kept me wanting to know what happens next. #Audible1

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Fantastic

Loved it! It is a great read and the story flows well. It kept me interested and wanting to know what happened next. #Audible1

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A very engaging read

It was an extremely well-written book that provoked thought. It gave me insight into my relationship with my parents and I continue to process the material. I highly recommend this book.

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A Roller Coaster of a Story

I had no idea what to expect when I got this book. It had good reviews and was recommended to me. I was blown away by what Tara went through with her family and how far she was able to go. As a memoir, it was almost a perfect retelling of events, that you feel, as a reader, that you are living the exact way she did. You know when certain characters come into the story, there is a feeling or emotion associated with them, that you begin to feel as well.
Apart from some side stories or back stories on certain things, it flowed nicely and we got a great glimpse of the life she had. Definitely a lot of religion involved so the reader should be okay with hearing about it.

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Amazing!

How courageous of Tara Westover to write a memoir of such recent experiences. It is so refreshing and humbling knowing how young she is and how wise she has become. This is a window to a family full of complexities, way beyond my comprehension. The only way I can rationalize her going back over and over again to a dangerous household is the eagerness for love and acceptance from her mom and dad. It looks like her current life is wonderful and I wish her the best. I also loved how in an interview she says something I had never heard before. The importance of one’s self motivation for education. No matter what institutions you attend. All that counts is your desire to learn.

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genuine

the strongest power of the text was its genuninity. The story felt so real and imminent that I couldn't stop listening during my exam period.