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 and also 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 (5,211)

Erickville

10/105 star

Absolutely captivating, I loved this book! 55

mediocre at languages

Thank you for insight into family dynamics5 star

Thank you. You are so right about how the people you love can make you question your own sanity. Or how I have questioned my sanity for my entire life. Thank you for these words. Karen 55

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justinrpadgett

Gripping from the first page5 star

Best book of 2018 55

artofao

Read.4 star

Couldn’t put it down. 45

Brunetta4u

Educated5 star

Mental illness is a crippling disease, especially when not acknowledged and dealt with. This is a painful unfolding of one family's experience with several members having bipolar disorder and the havoc it wreaked in their lives. It is also highlights the triumphant will to survive and thrive, regardless of others. It is about the preservation of ones soul and the extent we will go to do so. Couldn't put this book down! 55

Jamieelizabeth77

A Mountain of Strength5 star

After reading T W Neal’s Freckled then Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle, Educated was a natural transition. This story of perseverance, determination, and healing held me from beginning to end. The ending, for me, was the most important. Self-awareness and acceptance are key to a healthy mentality. Whether or not Tara sees her own courage, millions of others found strength to accept their own childhoods as they read her story. Not all can share their stories, but there is something so valuable in reading about those who can. 55

Marbike

Educated5 star

Could not put the book down. Excellent. 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

Lake Sky

Educated5 star

Family, relationships, memories, accuracies have are something we each possess. This magnificently written book explodes with self doubt, intimidation and the questioning of self confidence and belief in ones self. I highly recommend this autobiography. 55

LE TAG

Best read in a long time!5 star

Well written and extremely interesting and insightful. 55

LauristonA

Education ~ a memoir ~ and much more5 star

This story of the struggle of a child to understand and win her parents’ love is a powerful testimony of the strength of the human spirit to overcome all kinds of injury, physical and emotional. Her struggle, it seems, she will wrestle with for the rest of her life. And it seems that this same struggle was an important motivating factor in her educational achievements. A gripping story of how her innate brilliance came to be fulfilled. 55

DannyKeo

Amazing story of self-discovery5 star

A quest for knowledge that eventually puts the author on a path of self-discovery and battle of conflicting views. Great read! 55

Minerva3588

A must read for anyone who considers themselves “religious “5 star

Question the zealous nature of religion through the lens of Westover’s narrative. Even a grain of similarity is reason for alarm. 55

usha sundaram

Educated5 star

The best book I have read. There is a saying in Hindu scripture that ignorance is the root of evil. Knowledge is the light that removes the darkness synonymous to evil. The ancient sanscrit chant goes like this. Assathoma. Satgamaya Thamassoma. Jothir gamaya Mrityoma amritham gamaya Om shanti shanti shanti hi. Meaniing There will be no lies if truth prevails There will be no darkness if light is there. There will be no death if immortality is there. Bliss bliss bliss Here it means lies, darkness and death disapper when knowledge prevails. 55

th1113

Educated5 star

Educated is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The story draws you in and sends you on an emotional roller coaster until the last page. For Tara Westover to have achieved all that she has is not just amazing, but inspiring to anyone and everyone dealing with dysfunction. Educated taught me that you can find your authentic self by letting go of the past and finding peace. 55

Salazar7

Educated4 star

Great read! Enjoyed Westover's style and how she believed in herself! Characters and story were captivating. 45

SDWill

Shine Through5 star

What incredible courage, strength and sensitivity shine through this memoir. I can only thank Ms. Westover for the gift she has given everyone who reads her story. THANK YOU! 55

Rayne5656

Best memoir I’ve read in a long time5 star

First time writing a review, but I just want Tara to know people are rooting her on. This book was so powerful and inspirational to me; even though my story is much different, Tara’s words injected so much hope and resilience in my own life. Thank you for the gift of YOU and you’re truly making an impact on this world. I read the book in a few days because it was so good. I definitely recommend it! P.S. I can’t wait to hear about the second part of your life and hope you write again someday! 55


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