Educated - Tara Westover


By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 17,341 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


  • Educated

    By LABS@72
    This book was page turning . It speaks to that inner person that lives in all of us. Our, familial stories and histories may be very different but yet very similar !’s okay to take the first step to renewal
  • Worth it!

    By grackish
    I realllly loved this book and i’m barely a big reader. This was great
  • MUST read

    By LiviSeaholm
    I was completely engrossed in this book on a trip with a lot of down time. It is a MUST read, and now a favorite book of mine.
  • An awesome read!

    By infinityends
    I just couldn’t put it down.
  • Educated does educate

    By Utesgirl801
    It’s a great book to read and see the other side of people’s lives.
  • The worst trash of America

    By srgngirl
    I read the first 50 pages and quit. This is trash. As a physician who has practiced in rural America, I have treated these people. These people are trash and I don’t need to read a book that glorifies the worst part of America. I read Hillbilly Elegy and thought that was very well written. I do not see what people like about this book.
  • Awesome!

    By yoyoloveyoyo
    Brave and excellent. Page turner
  • Educated

    By Wendylen
    Amazing true story
  • Can I give this 6 stars?

    By AshBashTyAsh
    Everything AND more! A MUST READ.
  • Story of triumph

    By mrs sarah sea
    If you thought your childhood was crummy, just read this book. Her coming of age story made me need to give out hugs to others and myself. And the ending - her triumph despite losing what most young adults need most - family - had me sobbing and clapping. I felt this book to my core. Must read!