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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. There is a movement for education reform, and in particular for the of evidence-based education...

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Educated4 star

This is a deeply disturbing book. And regardless what the author says this book is about both mental illness and Mormonism. 45


Racist1 star

14.99 for English 9.99 for Spanish ? Not buying because of that ! Bye 15


absolutely amazing5 star

This book changed some of my perspectives on life. Please take the time to grasp everything she writes! 55


Great read5 star

I read this while on vacation, it was graphic, chilling and very real. The author did an amazing job of providing a detailed accounting for her upbringing and how she was able to rise up. 55


Beautiful, Gripping, Honest5 star

Tara Westover’s writing is elegant but painful, fair but exacting, heart-wrenching but redeeming. I highly recommend this book for its examination of family loyalty, human psychology, and the power of one individual to pull herself out of an unthinkable situation and make something of herself. A tale of true grit and bravery. 55

Eric Dean Harris

Thank you5 star

Dear Colleagues and Participants Eric Dean Harris here to say Thank you, Tara Westover. I have not read a book in three years - besides school books. Ever since this book began to be sold, I wanted to read it. I appreciate you, Tara Westover. May you write another book, please. Post Script : Tara Westover, may you give me all the leniency I need to say. I believe your Father is Fun and Smart. 55


Inspiring5 star

Truly one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’m usually into fictional stories, but this one really pulled on all of my emotions and made me fall in love with Tara Westover. I recommend this book to all people. It’s eye opening, and it describes abuse in a way that’s so personal it’s as if you’re living through it with the author. 55


my favorite book ever5 star

This book was beautiful, since last year I have read it twice ! Suggested by a friend that is a well known literary agent, so I knew it must be great. It was better than I imagined. The way she talked about her life allowed me to see a new perspective I have never even thought of before- I give this book as a gift to my friends. Especially those who are younger & in school. Thank you! 55

Steph P-322

“Educated” is the perfect title5 star

I don’t even know what to say, but felt I needed to say something. This memoir changed me, like few books have done. 55


Astonishing5 star

What a story. Had to keep reminding myself it was a memoir. Excellent 55


Amazing!5 star

I highly recommend this book! I read it in 2 days. The strength of the author amazes me. 55

Melodie Baker

Educated5 star

I loved this story. I couldn’t help but transcend to my own story or religious extremism and unintended manipulation. The pages turned by themselves. Interesting how a perspective of a white isolated Mormon girl could could reach a black southern baptist girl and almost seamlessly tell the story I’ve been hiding my entire life. Thank you Tara for releasing my self-mutilating desire to belong. 55


Educated1 star

Spectacular! Gripping. Couldn’t put down. Emotional and raw. I highly recommend. 15



I picked this book up on a Friday afternoon and finished it the very next day. Dr. Westover’s experiences as a child and young adult are daunting to the rest of us living in a less rural society and having been raised by people with less extreme views of government. I often wanted to throw the book down in disgust at her parent’s beliefs and lack of faith in their own daughter. It’s almost unbelievable to me that these type of people actually exist in this country today, yet this book is proof of their existence. If you are looking for a page-turner, look no further. This is it! I wonder if I am the only reader who felt that there were sexual undertones to the violence bestowed on Tara by her brother. He is obviously a psychopath. I just found it so odd that her parents had such a hard time admitting to her brother’s violent tendencies when they were there, witnessing it all along. It makes me wonder if Tara didn’t perhaps also allege a little more than just violent outbursts from her brother. Whatever the case, people in her family would do well to keep a wide birth around her brother, “Shawn”, who is capable of such extreme violence. He is one of those people whose temper will eventually land him in prison on a murder charge. A sick, psychopathic dog killer. To Dr. Westover, if you are reading this someday, I want to tell you what an inspiration you are to others and that your sacrifice was not in vain. Estrangement from family is always hard, no matter the circumstances. Whatever you do and however you decide to live your life, I wish you much peace and happiness. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I hope it brought you some measure of vindication to tell it. Be well and have a wonderful, happy life. You deserve it. 55


Very good read5 star

I love reading memoirs and this one was excellent. Tara Westover is a very talented writer who has a wonderful ability to weave the telling of her fascinating life story about being raised in a junkyard on a remote mountainside in Idaho by extremist Mormon parents with her thoughts, feelings and reflections on it all, both in the past and the present. Her descriptions are so vivid and so rich that I felt I was right there with her at Buck’s Peak staring up at the Princess, observing her emotional and physical interactions with her family members, feeling her intense pain and confusion as she grew from an innocent child who wholly believed and trusted her parents and their ideologies to an unconfident young women who questioned them and who sought her own answers, even though the seeking filled her with guilt. Her story is compelling, tragic, insane, inspiring and, unbelievably, true. The events that unfolded in each chapter were so captivating, the intricate relationships with her family members so complex and her emotions and internal struggles so honest and raw, I couldn’t put the book down. With each page I turned, I found I cared more about what her incredulous life would deal her next and how she would possibly handle it. After finishing her story, I am touched most by her ability to so bravely put it all, each lurid and shocking detail, out there in black and white for all to read knowing full well that harsh judgements would probably be made against her family, and possibly even her. It couldn’t have been easy but I, for one, am very glad she did. I think she is an inspiration. I know she is definitely Educated. Ps. I think the girl in the mirror is still there. She wrote the book. Otherwise it would have been written by Dr. Tara Westover, right? 55

El Profe 55

Educated is self discovery5 star

This book made me realize that adversity is your education. That when you ponder your upbringing in a dysfunctional family, there are positive traits which molded you to who you are in life. My hope is that anyone who reads this book will not only remember the negative experiences in one’s life, but those which made you resilient to prevail. This is true education and valuable. 55

MN book lover

Life is stranger than fiction5 star

Many times I found myself wondering how this story could be true. A riveting story. 55


Amazing read5 star

Tara is one tough person and this book was such a great read. What she went through in her life so far is shocking and amazing. Thank you for telling this story. 55


Twisted religious fanaticism4 star

Shockingly vivid and violent. It should be on the required reading list for all students of psychology. I am hoping the authors memories are magnified in the mirror and not factoids from her journal under the bed. 45

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