Educated

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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


Educated - Tara Westover Summary

Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include teaching, training, storytelling, discussion and directed research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, however learners can also educate themselves. Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. The methodology of teaching is called pedagogy. Formal education is commonly divided formally into such stages as preschool or kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and then college, university, or apprenticeship. A right to education has been recognized by some governments and the United Nations. In most regions, education is compulsory up to a certain age. There is a movement for education reform, and in particular for evidence-based education...


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Educated - Tara Westover Book Reviews (15,289)

Itsmeeex

Incredibly gripping5 star

Tara’s story is remarkable. I highly recommend everyone read this book. It was one of those books that makes you dread finishing it. 55

Renee930839

Beautifully written5 star

An amazing story told beautifully. 55

bassoboy

Educated5 star

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. 55

Eve2479

So unique5 star

This book was eye opening and had me crying at certain parts! A must read! 55

IsaIB74

Great book5 star

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. 55

Fleminatpr

Thankful4 star

As a retired teacher, I often wonder how my previous students are doing, where they there they may be working, how is the family? The situations I learned about were shocking. I believe that the teachers/ professors went above and beyond to assist her. They listened, believed and encouraged. Teachers are often able to love on those in unfortunate circumstances. 45

HatesShoppingLovesClothes

An unexpected page turner...5 star

Loved this book, couldn’t put it down! One of the best parts about it was wondering about the truth vs. perspective aspect - how different would this story be if told by a 3rd party? The annotations throughout the book detailing where others have different recollections of the same memories reinforced this question more and more as I read. Still not sure, but no matter what it’s one wild life story! 55

waves r swimming

Amazing memoir5 star

From start to finish I was glued to this book. And that’s all I can say 55

AlexanderX2

Gripping5 star

I was so thoroughly invested in Tara and her story. Could not put it down—read it in less than a week. I am still grappling with the events long after I’ve finished. 55

Mister Sandhu

Transformative5 star

This book is an emotional roller coaster that chronicles the journey of a young girl trying to find her place in two conflicting worlds: one that was created for her and one that she would build herself. I highly recommend this book especially to first generation college students. I’ve personally found myself at the cross-roads that Tara faced, and it was very empowering to read about her struggle. Very well written! 55

nav_pi

Eye opening5 star

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. 55

cod4 oh yeah

Powerful5 star

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. 55

Kentucky family

Amazing story5 star

This story is completely inspiring. Tara is so intelligent and the way she tells her story is beautiful. This book is a must read. 55

samcousens

Educated4 star

Remarkable. Raw. A journey of one’s soul. 45

The King Villen

Wow5 star

It was like stepping into the authors past. Such a powerful story. 💯🙏🏽 55

DoughboyWI

Educated5 star

A remarkable story. I will never forget. 55

mrsbpp

Educated4 star

Really enjoyed. 45

Zardino

You can’t put it down5 star

This book is fantastic! My mom was listening to it in the car and I started to listen and couldn’t stop. Tara Westover’s story is full with sadness, happiness, and excitement. A must for anyone 55

vanackerenk

AMAZING.5 star

I’ve always loved reading, but I’ve struggled to finish reading anything the last two or so years. This book? No problem, I couldn’t put it down! I’ll be recommending this book to anyone who can possibly listen. 55

Fladaddy

Incredible and frustrating story4 star

Very well written and brutal memoir about her Mormon upbringing and her ability to survive a constant quest for love from her parents. The abuse is horrible to read, you see her returning to the same gruesome scenes thinking they’ll be different when they could never be. It stunned me at the end in the acknowledgements her statement that the author states this book isn’t about Mormonism. Of course it absolutely is. All of this education and still she believes she can separate her family objectively. I came away depressed that she won’t find the love she is so much seeking because love can’t come from a tortured past. It must come from an accepted present w hope for a different future. It’s sad but I was left with the impression she is still very much still trapped. 45


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