Educated - Tara Westover


Author: Tara Westover

  • Publication Date: 2018-02-20
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 17,780 Ratings)


#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 PostO: The Oprah MagazineTime • NPR • Good Morning AmericaSan Francisco ChronicleThe GuardianThe Economist Financial Times NewsdayNew York PosttheSkimmRefinery29BloombergSelfReal SimpleTown & CountryBustlePastePublishers Weekly Library JournalLibraryReadsBook Riot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library


  • Amazing

    By zeoliravioli
    This is the most inspirational story I have read so far in my entire life and I am so grateful it is shared with the world. 10/10 this book is phenomenal in every way.
  • WOW

    By bookfein
    One of the best books I have ever read - so well written. This book is so knowledgeable and there is something everyone can take from it.
  • Education

    By Sunflower1263
    Inspirational! I could not have done.
  • Amazing

    By resbieri
    Probably the best book I ever read
  • Fantastic!!

    By McDooRoo
    I read this book I’m less than 24 hours, I couldn’t put it down. During my almost 10 years of education that culminated with my PhD, I have read many, many books, papers, essays, journals, etc, Dr. Westover’s memoir is entrenched in my mind as any of the physics writings I have read. Thank you to Dr. Westover for sharing your story
  • Interesting read

    By Disappointed in Clearwater
    Well written account of a way of life I did not think possible in the United States. Could not get over the criminality that occurred without being reported to authorities, seemed very irresponsible and selfish. Still it is a remarkable end to an unusual beginning.
  • Amazing!

    By wvallday
    Couldn’t put it down!
  • Dysfunctional No More

    By Janie's Library
    As a person who grew up in a family “almost” as dysfunctional as this family, I saw myself in her at many times throughout this book. We made many similar choices, however, I was proud of myself as I read her struggle to accept the separation from the family. My acceptance was more swift and terminal. I wanted her to do what I did and do it sooner and with my resolve. At least she finally did it.
  • Excellent reading

    By Lenzo benzo
    Couldn’t put this book down
  • Educated

    By Mollykins74
    One of the best books I’ve ever read, it was gut wrenching sadness but I had to carry on this journey with Tara.