Educated - Tara Westover


By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 18,524 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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  • OMG!

    By Lupita Larios
    I LOVED everything about this book! I don’t even know what to say! ❤️❤️
  • I am shook!

    By KylaFox
    Honestly, this is one of the best books I’ve read in years and I read avidly. Tara Westover tells her story in such a raw and beautiful way- I could not put the book down. If you are female, this should be required reading. Do yourself a solid and get Educated.
  • Tough

    By nedzet
    Hard to read for many reasons, also interesting and inspiring.
  • Great story

    By phormulate28
    Incredible story.
  • Must Read.

    By hello.ariel
    Still one of my favorite books to date. Incredibly difficult to read at times, the level of detail left me thinking all day, sometimes good, most of the time in shock. Truly inspiring story! Highly, highly recommend.
  • Didn’t expect to love this book

    By wattpadlover0414
    My 12th grade English teacher assigned this book for us to read and I wasn’t happy about it because I like to read at my own pace and from my favorite genres. At first it was a slow pace but the stories and the lessons throughout the book locked me in. It being nonfiction also sucked me in. After I finished reading I wanted to know more and more of the story. It made me wish it was a fictional story so I could add more to the ending or have more details of the aftermath. Definitely recommend reading and you should read this book with an unbiased open mind. This is her trauma and story from being apart of an extremist Mormon household. So if you feel like this doesn’t resonate with you as a Mormon or Christian be glad you had a better religious experience.
  • ❤️❤️❤️

    By brilovesrunning
    Made me cry. 5 years into my own similar journey and I can’t stop taking quotes from the ending. May whatever is up there bless Tara as long as she lives. In solidarity. I hope she writes another book
  • Amazing!

    By kylee belew
    so raw and real. loved reading.
  • Great Read

    By luciabarre
    Excellent read for people that are not used to reading. Loved the story❤️
  • Could NOT put it down. Love this book.

    By wolfail
    This book made me feel less alone. My childhood life seems less ridiculous because of this book. And i finally see my estranged family with a new lens of ‘perhaps mental illness played an unknown roll”- something I’ve never thought about any family member but myself. I was raised by radicals. And then they became religious in a cult. And the abuse of childhood is so confusing when it’s practiced by several members in your family, and also done in “love” or “godly” authority. To those who believe the author couldn’t possibly remember the details of such specific moments- many people have memories as detailed as these. I know mine are. And I also journaled through much of my life and read and re-read my memories to cement them into my brain. I never wanted to forget what my loved ones had done to me.