Educated - Tara Westover


By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 18,843 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • One of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
“Extraordinary . . . an act of courage and self-invention.”—The New York Times
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • FINALIST: National Book Critics Circle’s Award In Autobiography and John Leonard Prize For Best First Book • PEN/Jean Stein Book Award • Los Angeles Times Book Prize
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 [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

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  • Great read

    By TheSacs
    I devoured this book in 2 days, very well written!
  • A must read!

    By LaurenPTT
    There is much to relate in this book if you have a parent that struggles with a severe mental illness. This book is brilliant and a must read!
  • Eye opening

    By huntivcdrnligdru
    This incredible true story of a girls battle between family and questioning a restricted and abusive upbringing. Her struggle with the locality to the family she knows and what she believe is right is week written. I talk about this book all the time, it is an important book that I’ll list rates the danger of families who try to hide their children from childhood and education
  • ...Every Unhappy Family is Unhappy in its Own Way

    By Primmy222
    This exquisitely written book details some of the most harrowing and jaw dropping descriptions of abuse I have ever read. Children are sacrificed to be literally ground up by the machinery of death on the capricious whims of a man whose mental illness in no way absolves him for freely choosing to utilize his precious children like junkyard machine parts. Keeping them out of school for endless forced labor, he relishes tormenting torturing gaslighting and brainwashing them all. More baffling still is his wife, who gains power in her own right but doesn't exercise it to free her children from the hellscape created by she and her husband alone. Had this initially impressive woman made better choices early on, perhaps more of them would have broken free of the Cult of Dad. Mom's willful (and self-serving) obeisance and blindness to multiple tyrants under her own roof terrorizing her younger children is hard reading. As are the horrific mind games and manipulations rolling down to the next generation and perpetuating great sickness and "in the name of God" too. Her father and violent brother should be incarcerated. Numerous felonies are described as her brother gleefully and repeatedly threatens, rages, torments and viciously assaults her (and others), while almost to a person, still expecting complete adherence to the family first creed. And YET, so beautifully written are the thoughts and carefully examined reflections of this young woman who overcomes seemingly impossible odds to gather to herself true freedom and release. I hope she will offer us her exceptional talents again in any way that brings her joy and peace. May she continue to find comfort and strength in her chosen family. Her life-well-lived, thriving and unabashedly embracing herself in a great and healthy self-regard is what she unreservedly deserves and I wish it for her with all my being. I anticipate more to come as she continues on the way of healing.
  • Very good book

    By Bleschosen7
    Love the book.
  • Raw & Jawdropping

    By AliAd40
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Aspects of it I could relate to.
  • A beautiful and painful read

    By niikkiimusicc
    A beautiful and painful read. I became infuriated by the negligence and ignorance and blind loyalty perfectly described by the author. I turned each page worried for the lives of her and her family..
  • Fascinating and addicting

    By Setonai
    One of the most interesting book I’ve ever read.
  • A MUST READ, especially for SURVIVORS!

    By Blue-eyed March
    A heroic story of finding self through neglect, sexism, and generational domestic, religious, and narcissistic abuse*. A must read for survivors or anyone who needs some encouragement to break free. I encourage the author to include hotline information for domestic abuse, child protection services, YWCA, and any other agencies that apply at the end of each chapter that abuse was apparent so when victims read this book they have immediate information to reference for help, if it’s needed. *Narcissism and Narcissistic abuse is apparent in all forms of personality disorders, such as BPD. Learning about this form of abuse and getting specific counseling for it will help in your healing.
  • 4.5 - Slow beginning, but

    By desireemg
    I’ve had this book since the beginning of 2019, it’s now 2023. The beginning was slow, although, the story was good. It just was hard to get into. I’m glad I decided to try again because it was truly inspiring. I connected to the writer on many levels. I’m glad that she found people who helped her get to where she wanted to go, even though, she didn’t believe she was deserving of it. I’m a believer of education and this book reinforced my belief in it. Be patient, it’s a good read