3 months ago
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.
5 months ago
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.
8 months ago
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.
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.!
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.
Maria Claudia Llamas
1 year ago
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.⠀
Markus Marañon Straarup
1 year ago
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.
1 year ago
Loved this book, fascinating insight into a totally different childhood and world. Amazing amount of grit to achieve what the author has.
Morten Veith Schroeder
1 year ago
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!
This is brilliant ! Don’t miss a real insight to love and extreme religious lifestyle !