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Educated - Tara Westover


By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 15,851 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
“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.”—Bill Gates
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

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR • Good Morning America • San Francisco ChronicleThe Guardian  The Economist • Financial Times  Newsday • New York PosttheSkimmRefinery29BloombergSelfReal Simple • Town & CountryBustlePaste • Publishers Weekly  Library JournalLibraryReadsBookRiot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library


  • Engaging and Heartbreaking

    By isinmoon
    This memoir has been one of the most engaging I’ve read so far, and yet it was also one of the most disturbing and heartbreaking I’ve ever read. Tara Westover’s Educated is a firsthand account of the tragic consequences of decades-long gaslighting, emotional manipulation, and physical abuse. There are many customer reviews disputing the credibility of Westover’s account; ironically, anyone who themselves has been a victim or an intimate witness of psychological abuse knows this skepticism all too well. It is hard to believe, because we don’t want to believe it. Though the memoir has been thoroughly fact checked by both family members and professional fact checkers, and Westover is careful to include many footnotes for memories that diverge from other witnesses’ accounts, it is perhaps easier for some to believe that Westover is simply embellishing reality. Perhaps that is an easier portrait to believe than acknowledging that those we ought to have unconditional faith in (i.e. our family) can sometimes be undeserving of that gift. A powerful read, particularly for anyone who has been a victim of abuse (or perhaps an abuser themselves), or anyone who has ever been made to feel small and less than by those who were supposed to love and protect them.
  • Very interesting story

    By MeAgain72461
    Not sure I believe this is all a true story. I don’t believe the father could ever live through a fire like was written without any medical attention. This family had a lot of horrible accidents. I also find that hard to believe. I can’t believe she scored 28 on her ACT with her background. I just don’t buy it’s all true. Enjoyed the book and felt horrible about it happening. So I had to google her and the family and that’s when I started to doubt the book.
  • Educated, great story

    By tagshop
    This book was recommended by a friend. Within the first few pages I became very I interested in her story. At times it was hard to read feeling a great sense of sadness to think this actually happened. It made me appreciate the single parent home I grew up in. With a mom not willing to force me and my siblings to live with my father’s mental illness. What the author endured for years was unbelievable. I don’t know Ms. Westover but I am very proud she used education as a way out to the truth.
  • So many characters that we see in our own lives

    By Game-ination
    TARA has achieved an incredible education, and she shows what spectacular outcomes come from choosing a path and staying focused.
  • Insightful...

    By Brittiny_A
    Having grown up in rural Montana, there are threads of this story that weave into the fabric of my own.
  • Tara Westover 2020

    By Lekker reads
    I was astonished throughout my read, continuously reviewing the profile of Tara, in search of signs that she was once that person. How difficult it is to disengage from a lifestyle that began at birth. Again, I am bombarded with this cliche message that speaks truth at such a depth, never judge a book by its cover.
  • Educated

    By Eva Palomares
    Very interesting in many ways. Sad. Un estudio sociológico de una realidad para mi desconocida. Por lo que se refiere a la violencia contra las mujeres es igual en el mundo, comienza en la propia familia. Excelente libro.
  • Read this now

    By Nishaaa21PCHS
    Best book I’ve read this year!
  • Incredibly gripping

    By Itsmeeex
    Tara’s story is remarkable. I highly recommend everyone read this book. It was one of those books that makes you dread finishing it.
  • Beautifully written

    By Renee930839
    An amazing story told beautifully.