A Memoir

Book - 2018
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"An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University"--
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399590504
Characteristics: xv, 334 pages ; 25 cm


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November 20, 2018

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mko123 Aug 02, 2018

It is hard to believe that what goes on in this book can still happen in this day and age. A young woman, who grows up in an isolated, Mormon household, does everything in her power to escape the mind-control of a dictatorial father. I could not put it down.

mko123 Mar 26, 2018

Tara grows up in rural idaho with a fanatical religious father, a deferential mother, and a slew of sisters and brothers, Sean being the most charming, yet dangerous. Tara learns about physics by ducking metal objects in the junk yard being flung by her scrapper father, and she learns to read by... Read More »

Born into a survivalist family, Tara Westover never set foot in a formal classroom until the age of 17. As she began to distance herself from her family’s beliefs, Tara found a world of knowledge and information waiting for her. A sometimes heart wrenching read that is a testament to the power an... Read More »

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Dec 11, 2018

Tara Westover does a magnificent job of sharing her experience of being raised in rural Idaho in a household which takes religious zealousness to new heights and her subsequent, however turbulent escape through higher education. The vulnerability and authenticity brought forward by Westover is truly awe-inspiring.

liljables Dec 10, 2018

It's hard to say that I loved or enjoyed Educated - it's one of those books for which we need another description entirely. I was utterly gripped by this book; it was an emotional roller coaster, friends. Make no mistake: Educated is ultimately about abuse, both physical and mental. As I read, I understood intellectually that Westover lived through the events in this book, but emotionally, I was repeatedly convinced that she wouldn't survive each new atrocity visited upon her by her family. Educated is like The Glass Castle combined with Hillbilly Elegy, turned up to 11. It's not a happy read, but it's a rewarding one, and if you liked either of those aforementioned memoirs, I'd give this one a go.

Dec 05, 2018

The brave educated Tara Westover has written a compelling,scrupulosly honest memoir of her emergence from her Mormon father's farm in rural Idaho.

An academic of history now her story confronts her pain, the betrayals and controls of others embedded in a life unexamined...because she didn't know she had one.

Well written and fully engaged, the author shares her facts so to encourage us all to value and use our capacity to do the same.

Excellence in spades Dr. Westover*

LPL_IanS Dec 03, 2018

The story of a woman who overcomes her abusive, survivalist upbringing by learning that her reality and voice are just as valid (if not more so) than her father's.

Engagingly written, perfectly paced, and incredibly humane, Educated was the best book I read in 2018.

IndyPL_CarriG Nov 27, 2018

Growing up in an abusive household is, unfortunately, not that unusual. Growing up in an abusive prepper Mormon household that believes every government and medical agency is out to get you and that the apocolypse would be a preferable place to exist is definitely more unusual. Growing up this way and getting the education Tara Westover did is very unusual, and it's what allowed her to break free from the cycle she saw around her and seek the freedom of her own mind and the ability to recognize objective truth.

Do yourself a favor and read this book if you think you might be in an emotionally or physically abusive relationship but you aren't sure you can believe yourself. Also read this book if you have lost faith in the importance of an education in the humanities - it definitely reminded me that the liberal arts are an imperative part of an education; something that is often lost in our more employment-driven systems.

This memoir was difficult for me to put down - at first because it's written in an eloquent and compelling style, and then because I just wanted to make sure she was ok! Trigger warning: there are scenes of violence against women in this book - be aware if this bothers you.

Nov 24, 2018

I had a hard time with the time skips in this book. I could not keep up.

Nov 18, 2018

This memoir has filled me with such raging emotions. the innate love she can have for her parents despite their efforts to unlove her permeates through this book.

JessicaGma Nov 14, 2018

It was a really interesting read in that Tara Westover is pretty young for a memoir, but what she had revealed about her family is astonishing. Rised by fundamentalist Mormons in Idaho, Westover has to break away from her family and the culture she was raised in to become a whole person, which is hard when your trust and faith in those who raised you is broken. As someone alluded to in the comments, she probably has more to come.

Nov 04, 2018

An astonishing memoir of a childhood off the grid and the author's brave and difficult escape from her family's abuse and fanaticism. Gripping. A page turner. Amazing.

Oct 30, 2018

I found the book depressing - and the author's "escape" from her family through education stretched the boundaries of believability. It seemed that if things were as bad at home as she suggests, she would never have been able to move ahead. There was no mentor. And social services were very lax to leave these kids in the care of their parents, once they were registered, and some attending school. An father who risked the kids' lives, a nasty and likely mentally deranged brother, and a mother who didn't even try to ensure the safety or well being of her children. The author maybe made is sound terrible so that her getting away from home would seem more of a triumph. A better book in this vein would be Jeannette Walls "Glass Castle", with more interesting, well rounded characters, and some familial redeeming qualities.

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ArapahoeMaryA Oct 23, 2018

My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 14, 2018

“You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them,” she says now. “You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.”


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