Educated

Educated

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"-- Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399590504
Characteristics: xv, 334 pages ; 25 cm

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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.

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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 »


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pamlgross
Sep 23, 2018

This book was one of the best & saddest books I've read in a long time. Tara Westover's first book is extremely well written. To be able to come out of such an abusive & difficult home life and to be able to clearly write with such clarity is amazing. Her own self preservation & inner strength is what was able to carry her through some of the most horrific childhood experiences a person can experience without leaving permanent dibilating life long effects. She was able to break free from the hold her family had on her & to realize her memories were real, whether her family believed it or not & too be able to recognize that in order to grow as a person, she needed to cut herself off of everything she had none. Just because your parents are your parents, doesn't mean that they are right. Their twisted emotional & psychological hold they had over Tara, was terrible. Their reality of the world couldn't be further from what is trule true! It was comforting to know that in the end, she had come to a realization that her own sanity depended on her being completely free from their hold on her & realizing she was stronger & healthier not to have that part of her family in her life. I can only imagine what wonderful things she will contribute to society as time goes on.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 22, 2018

Although it's a compelling story, I found it somewhat poorly written and badly structured. Has echoes of Krakauer's work and "Wild."

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HerNameHere
Sep 19, 2018

Amazing book. Extremely interesting memoir about a young woman's journey from being raised in an isolated and sheltered life to gaining a college education and learning more about the world. So good!

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BeckyR21
Sep 19, 2018

Another fact is stranger than fiction kind of book. Tara Westover is amazing to have clawed her way out of such a childhood. It left me with an overall sense of sadness.

JCLIngridP Aug 30, 2018

A page turner all the way through, couldn't stop reading until the end. What blew me away is that the events take place in the '80 and '90 in the USA. Tara dares to take the ACT test against all odds, she is a great survivalist.

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writermala
Aug 22, 2018

Tara Westover's "educated" is by far the best book I have read in a long time. I couldn't believe that this was a memoir and not fiction.Tara Westover grew up in rural Idaho in a family of fundamental Mormons, with no Birth Certificate, no Schooling, and no medical attention to speak of. She helps her father in his junk yard but yearns for learning.
She tries to pass the ACT test and her first introduction to education is when she learns that the "skill I was learning was a crucial one, the patience to read the things I could not understand." Her instincts are her guardians in the rough life she leads.Journalizing keeps Tara sane and in her journal she writes the line, "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery." She seems to pick up the essence of everything she reads and learns for example when she writes in all her notebooks and blank spaces the words, "None but ourselves can free our minds." It is only when she hears the fact that "Of the nature of women, nothing final can be known," that she feels free.
By dint of hard work, Tara rises to heights no person brought up like she did, can aspire, by getting a PhD. While she gets an education, Tara battles all kinds of emotions from her excommunication from her family mainly guilt. She finally learns that guilt is never about "them"."Guilt is the fear of of one's own wretchedness." If there is only one book you read this year please let this be the one.

slborb Aug 17, 2018

I enjoyed this as an audio book. I found myself captivated by the story and the narrator, even digging my nails into my palms at some of the more horrific parts. Tara Westover richly describes the place where she grew up and the people in her family. You truly get a small window into this very different way of life and mentality. You understand how complicated it is for Tara to break away from these people and these things. Each member of her family could probably tell an equally compelling story of their experiences as well. Well worth the read (or the listen).

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bronteside
Aug 16, 2018

Tara Westover writes dispassionately about her family
And an adherence to the murky stew that is religious zealotry, misogyny
And gross survivalist suspicion.
There is the familiar cast of fanatical father, deranged brother,and a mother who fails to
Protect her from the former.
Westover’s ambivalence is understandable ; her ‘exit’ while not final, is a stunning
Testimonial to higher education , a series of mentors and sheer grit.
Sadly those young women who most need to hear this story-will never have the access,
Or means or strength to follow her.

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peacebenow
Aug 05, 2018

This was a riveting book I could barely put down and definitely resulted in some sleep loss. Tara survived her childhood and family and achieved the impossible dream. The amount of strength, introspection, determination, love, belief in herself, the support others enabled her over time to achieve self-actualization. This book expertly details her struggles and achievements.

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brangwinn
Aug 05, 2018

This book is one of the most powerful memoirs I have ever read. Raised in a survivalist Mormon family with a bi-polar father, Tara overcame so many terrifying obstacles to graduate with a PhD from Cambridge University. Least among her challenges was her parents decision not to provide her with even a rudimentary homeschooling. Troubling to read, but too compelling not to finish and cheer for Tara’s determination as she slowly realizes the real world is quite different than that of her parents.

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“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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