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Educated

2018 . Biography & Autobiography, Women, Religious, Personal Memoirs . Tara Westover

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About the book

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#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 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR • Good Morning America • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • The Economist • Financial Times • Newsday • New York Post • theSkimm • Refinery29 • Bloomberg • Self • Real Simple • Town & Country • Bustle • Paste • Publishers Weekly • Library Journal • LibraryReads • Book Riot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library

Year:

2018

Language:

English

Publisher:

Random House Publishing Group

Pages:

352

ISBN:

039959051X (ISBN13: 9780399590511)

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Reviews

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Terence Finn

3 months ago

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Excellent! An amazing story that would be very hard to believe if it wasn't true. Tara tells it in a very readable and engaging way. It is also inspiring to see someone who had started out with such a disadvantage, achieve so much. It really should eliminate this excuse for the rest of us. Highly recommend

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Caroline Lasorsa image

5 months ago

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Fascinating memoir of a woman who grew up in a Mormon fundamentalist family in the mountains of Idaho. Her father’s opposition to the government and belief and paranoia for the end of days runs the household. As a result, she and her siblings never attend school— until her brother decides to go to college and she follows in his footsteps. The story tells of a girl finally leaving her insular community and opening up her eyes to real-life events and history— and the constant struggle between family loyalty and furthering her life outside of her father’s influence. Without a formal education, she defies all odds to earn a Ph.D. One of the best books I’ve ever read and extremely eye-opening to the beliefs and lifestyles others lead, even within your own country.

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Morten Tullin

8 months 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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New York Times Best Sellers image

11 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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Terri Tadlock

1 year 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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Henry Melzer

1 year 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

1 year 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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Maria Claudia Llamas

1 year ago

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Freedom is a concept that I have been listening to throughout my life, but mostly associated with politics, press, slavery and equality. Nonetheless, this book talks about freedom in so many different spectrums; freedom from a family, freedom from a way of thinking, freedom to choose if you want to receive an education or not, freedom from a brother. This book is a must. It made me feel uncomfortable and conscious about the importance of education and having a voice that fights to be heard even in the most simple things in life. It opened my eyes to be aware that the information I consume must be analyzed: where is it coming from, who is saying it and why. There is a purpose to this book and it is to understand that even if we think we are in a modern world, few are the privileged ones who have access to it.⠀

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Markus Marañon Straarup image

1 year ago

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This is a modern masterpiece. A fascinating memoir which masterfully depicts rural America, religion, mental illness, and most importantly how education can change your perspective and thereby who you are. It is truly a classic yet modern coming of age story. One of the best books I have read in a very long time.

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Annie Spencer image

1 year ago

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Loved this book, fascinating insight into a totally different childhood and world. Amazing amount of grit to achieve what the author has.

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

1 year ago

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Really interesting book! It’s extremely harsh but yet in a way I was left with a good feeling in the end! It’s really interesting what role education plays in the writers life and how her view on the world and her own family evolves throughout the novel. Also how the story indirectly shows how a lack of education / isolation leads to ignorance! Great book! Def recommend it for anyone. Only reason it’s not a 10 is that I found the ending a bit abrupt!

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Rickie Retchin Straarup

1 year ago

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Real life story of a woman who lived a difficult and different life growing up . With no formal education she educated and re-invented herself!

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Ankit Bhagat

6 months ago

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It is very usefull to learn this kinda books

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Cristina Hemmingsen

1 year ago

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

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Mette Meyer

1 year ago

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

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