Educated

Educated

A Memoir

Book - 2018
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"Tara Westover was seventeen 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. 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. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform 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. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399590504
0399590501
Characteristics: xv, 334 pages ; 25 cm

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amistein
Jun 12, 2018

Ami-Read by end of 2018

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PLYMC_SEC
Jun 05, 2018

Fascinating read about someone growing up fairly isolated from the modern world in a highly dysfunctional family. The author has a long struggle to break free from the brainwashed indoctrination of her domineering father. There is mental illness, sibling abuse, domestic violence and absolutely no real homeschooling provided by the parents. Its inspiring to learn how far the author has come in such a short time in the 'real' world vs the one her father taught her about.

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gogo12127
May 19, 2018

Tara Westover was seventeen 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 distrusted the medical establishment, 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 an older brother became violent.

When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal 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 University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account if the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes from severing ties with those closest to you.

(Description, slightly edited, is taken from the inner flap of the hardcover book jacket.)

This is a very frustrating book. Everything that takes place, nearly everything, is frustrating. Nearly everyone in the book is frustrating. Particularly frustrating is the author who doesn't seem to recognize the events for what they are.

SPPL_Blanchity May 18, 2018

This feeds my morbid curiosity, and I spent every free moment reading until I finished.

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FairhavenLibe
May 15, 2018

Powerful indictment of religious fanaticism, equally powerful testament of how transformative an education can be for a person. Well done, Tara! (Recommended further reading, "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance)

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EmilyEm
May 05, 2018

Westover’s memoir tells a coming-of-age story of the youngest child in a Mormon ‘survivalist’ family with seven children in remote Idaho. Quixotic best describes her father; a strong personality to whom her mother mostly succumbs out of religious belief. There’s danger in their lifestyle, a haphazard approach to education, but an abiding sense of family that makes breaking away hard.

A pretty amazing tale! Tara’s journey to find her true self is not an easy one. I’m glad she’s shared her journey and that she’s so aware, now, of what her years of ‘education’ have wrought.

JCLMelodyMK May 02, 2018

I found the story of Tara Westover very engaging. This look into a survivalist Morman family was something I have never seen.

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FVReader
Apr 28, 2018

A powerful and difficult story. Tara is a brave and strong woman now but it took some gut-wrenching, dig-down-deep fortitude to get there. She wasn't given even the most basic of tools to survive the World, and yet she did both survive and thrive.
Although portions of this memoir are uncertainly told and there seem to be portions of the story left out, this is a story of personal growth, soul searching and self independence. There comes a time when we take responsibility for our own lives and decisions. Tara's road to this was harder than the norm.
Despite the uncertain parts in this story of family & memory, Tara's struggles to become her true self is the real story here. It's a grueling story and difficult to read. I give her my full applause at having the courage to find her way. It was difficult and I hope she's happy now. She's certainly stronger.

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mcguireka
Apr 24, 2018

Everyone should read this book. I couldn’t put it down or stop thinking about it. There are some parts that are hard to read, especially when Tara’s brother was physically abusing her. But read this book, Tara is an exceptional writer with an exceptional life!

DCLadults Apr 23, 2018

One of the best memoirs I've read all year. Sure to be on many best of lists.

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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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