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 storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and directed research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, however learners may 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...


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Educated - Tara Westover Book Reviews (9,056)

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

ML1187

great read5 star

definitely recommend this book. i really enjoyed it. Tara is a remarkable young woman. 55

K-swizzle2016

Gripping.5 star

Stellar collection of memories - like you’re living her life right there in the room amidst it all. Couldn’t put the book down. Thank you for sharing your life with us. 55

JWC1976

Loved this book!5 star

A must read. 55

8Skyler8

Educated5 star

This book was fabulous! I read it in 2 days. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The scenes were vividly described. All of the characters came to life and had sympathetic qualities. I felt as if I were there on that mountain in Idaho with them. I was cheering for Tara and hurting for her through the entire book. Highly recommended! 55

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doctorhoff

Just excellent5 star

What a story. And Dr. Westover’s writing is superb, and the story very compelling. One of the very books I’ve read in a long time. 55

BorntoRide530

Educated by Tara Westover5 star

Wow!! The courage it took her to do what she did is mind boggling! Way to go Tara!!! You made the impossible odds and soared!!! I agree with your end result!!! Educated vs non educated made the entire difference!! 55

EDUCATEDISTHEBESTBOOKEVER

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!5 star

AMAZING!!!!!!! 55

Beauwreck

See someone you know?5 star

While 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. 55

Jbrahms

Riveting, poignant memoir5 star

Westover 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. 55

Darryl Sharpton

Love it!5 star

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happy person 167

Every human should read this. Wow. LOVED it!!!!!!!!!5 star

Wow. 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. :) 55

ShortyZof

Amazing5 star

Wow. 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. 55

2DopeBro

A must read!5 star

I 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! 55

thewestbrooks

Educated5 star

Best book I read in 2018, hands down. 55

Ginacc

Absolutely beautiful5 star

A 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. 55

bookworms101

Unbelievable!!5 star

I 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. 55


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