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Educated

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

8.6

Everyone

About the book

4.5/5.0

Librarian's note: An alternate cover edition can be found here 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.

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Year:

2018

Language:

English

Publisher:

Random House

Pages:

334

ISBN:

0399590501 (ISBN13: 9780399590504)

Reviews

Mette Meyer

1 month ago

9

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

Terri Tadlock

1 month ago

8

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.!

Robin Ingram

1 month ago

9

Very interesting

Hahahaha Shajaja

2 months ago

5

Hh

Cristina Hemmingsen

3 months ago

8

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

Henry Melzer

3 months ago

9

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.

Beatriz Marañon Straarup

4 months ago

9

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 Llamas

4 months ago

9

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

5 months ago

10

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

7 months ago

9

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

Morten V Schroeder

7 months ago

9

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!

Rickie Retchin Straarup

8 months ago

10

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!

Suzanne Collins

4 days ago

8

Israa Chabane Holcroft

1 week ago

9

Cody Mortensen

1 week ago

8