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Educated

2018 . Biography, Non-fiction, Memoir . Tara Westover

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Everyone

About the book

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Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The 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. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it. Librarian's note: An alternate cover edition can be found here

Year:

2018

Language:

English

Publisher:

Random House

Pages:

334

Reviews

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Annie Android

6 hours ago

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👌👌 great book

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Morten Tullin

1 month ago

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This is definitely not the type of book I usually read but I must admit that I really enjoyed it. I expected a feel-good book about beating the odds and getting an amazing education. I guess that still holds, but it was just different and much darker than expected.

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Katie G

2 months ago

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Amazing story

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Michelle Beck

3 months ago

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Crazy story!

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Melinda Andrade

3 months ago

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Loved this!! Didn't want it to end!

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Mar Shavez

3 months ago

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Shavez khan

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Esben Poulsen

3 months ago

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Fascinating story.

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New York Times Best Sellers image

5 months ago

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The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

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Cristina Hemmingsen

5 months ago

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Det mest skræmmende, er den nøgterne måde overgrebene bliver beskrevet på!

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Mette Meyer

7 months ago

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This is brilliant ! Don’t miss a real insight to love and extreme religious lifestyle !

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Terri Tadlock

7 months ago

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The book is based on a difficult subject matter, but one we all need to be more aware of. I loved the writing and found it hard to put down.!

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Robin Ingram

7 months ago

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Very interesting

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Henry Melzer

9 months ago

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Educated is captivating from start to finish. Tara’s life is so unbelievable that it’s hard to put the book down. A lot of my teacher friends love this book.

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Beatriz Marañon Straarup

9 months ago

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Beautiful true story about a girl that has to overcome so many obstacles. I can definitely see why it has become so popular. Enjoyed it very much

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