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byTara Westover

Paperback | February 20, 2018

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For readers of The Glass Castle and Wild, a stunning new memoir about family, loss and the struggle for a better future

#1 International Bestseller

Tara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school.

Westover’s mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many ailments. As Tara developed her own coping mechanisms, little by little, she started to realize that what her family was offering didn’t have to be her only education. Her first day of university was her first day in school—ever—and she would eventually win an esteemed fellowship from Cambridge and graduate with a PhD in intellectual history and political thought.


Tara Westover is an American author, based in the U.K. She was born in Idaho in 1986 and led a sheltered childhood. Her father did not believe in public education. She worked with her parents, becoming a self-taught herbalist and midwife. She did not attend a school until age seventeen. From there, went on to graduate from Brigham Youn...
Title:EducatedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443452483

ISBN - 13:9781443452489


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Such an incredible, powerful story - it was difficult to imagine at some points that this was real life. The more I read the more engrossed I became in this story and the strength of the author.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I'm so happy I read this book. I would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a journey well worth taking This is an astonishing and moving memoir, and so beautifully written.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Memoirs! #plumreview This was such an emotional ride! This is one of the best memoirs I have read, it really takes you back at some points and you have to think "did this really happen?". There were some parts where I couldn't even read through the sentences because it was very descriptive and raw. Loved Tara's strength and bravery throughout her childhood.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book was amazing, right up there with The Glass Castle. It's shocking to know that there are parents out there like the ones in this book. I look forward to reading more from Tara Westover.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational! I found myself drawn right into this memoir. I was fascinated and inspired by the author's account of her struggle to both survive and to educate herself and rise beyond the dysfunction and abuse of her childhood. Beautifully written.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I have found some memoirs hard to get through but not the case with 'educated'. I found it hard to put down. I was moved by the resiliency and determination of Tara.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this memoir! An incredibly harrowing yet brilliant memoir. Must read!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice It left me with the breath taken out of me. Captivating read!
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good one I found this book to be so interesting and captivating.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Memoirs I Have Ever Read Definitely a cannot put down kind of book! Some parts were a bit graphic but her writing really gives a clear picture. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST read! I found this book to be so interesting and captivating, I couldn't put it down from the moment I started it. Tara's story is so incredible, and her writing style is beautiful. I can't stop talking about this book! And I hope she continues to write. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Re-thinking "the memoir" As a teacher, this book immediately "jumped out at me" and I picked it up from the bookshelf. As soon as I read that it was a "memoir", I put it away. In general, I have not enjoyed reading memoirs and often find them tedious to get through. This book was just the opposite! One of the best books (of any type!) I have read in a very long time. I loved the subject matter, the characters, the history, the culture, and most of all, the author's writing style. This book had a wonderfully challenging emotional impact on me both personally, and professionally. Thank you Tara Westover!
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant and Captivating Memoir Although at times hard to read, I couldn't put this book down once I started it. A true testimony of triumph over adversity for Tara Westover. A beautifully written, yet shockingly horrific, memoir of a young girl growing up in a fundamentalist, survivalist family in Idaho. Westover's prose pulls you into the novel to have you rooting for her as she attempts to survive a horrendous cycle of abuse.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dumbfounded! This book left me breathless and dumbfounded. I kept telling myself that it couldn't be real, how a girl who grew up with no protection from her own family managed to find her way out was so beyond my comprehension. It was not an easy read, but a definite eye-opener.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read One woman's triumph over a very dysfunctional childhood and family. I applaud the author's strength, hard work and sheer determination to break free to overcome such a destructive dynamic.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful This is a powerful story of several strains of conflict within the human condition and how one remarkable individual liberated herself from the destructive forces of a dysfunctional family and the the madness within it
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iconic A Mona Lisa Smile meets Anne of Green Gables. Would highly recommend
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Check list! Love the book althought it was a disfunctional family. Realize that sometime you have to continue to move forward although your immidiate family stops you to do so You know what they don't choose your family members.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what an amazing eye opener This book was a real change from what i usually read and i'm so glad i did. What an eye opener to the true story of how some people's lives and beliefs are worlds apart than your own. The author is just an amazing woman to go through what she did and be doing the things she is doing today and also be able to tell the tale so fully and truthfully. I really, really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect read This was an entertaining memoir full of surprises. I feel like I lived her life while I read her story. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! So intense. My friend recommended it to me when her parents (both teachers) read it and we were blown away.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing memoir I absolutely love this book. I could not put it down. I love that she tells you what she remembers, but at times say her memory differs from others who were there. She admits things could have happened differently. It was a truly amazing story of overcoming a very unconventional upbringing and family.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal book Couldn't put this one down! I have to appreciate when a memoir is not only a powerful story but also so very well written, as not all of them are!
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educational experience Wow! What a great read. Tara Westover tells an incredible story of resilience and how she overcame a tough childhood to become a strong woman. Education and self-determination make all the difference.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a strong and smart girl This book is certainly a good one for all the young girls out there
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting This book was a good summer read. It was easy to follow along with, easy to turn the pages and kept you eyed to the pages.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Read this one straight through. A tragedy told through resilience and loyalty to family and the place those two can no longer exist on the same path. Another book that beautifully illustrates the pains that exist behind the doors of some homes and the strength it takes to get to the other side of them.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Story! What a story! Very interesting to hear about how not going to school as a child shaped her whole world in a completely different way!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! The fact that Tara Westover escaped the daily terror of her survivalist family to become a scholar and gifted writer is nothing short of amazing. These stories of horrific accidents and abuse at the hands of her father and brother are not for the faint of heart. If you can stomach them, it's well worth the read! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eye opening! very interesting! great writing with a crazy story about self preservation!
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not exactly as advertised This book is described as a memoir of a young woman who grows up off the grid to survivalist parents. The book I read is the heartbreaking story of a young woman who tries to break free of the mental illness and abuse that shaped her youth. The actions of her parents and brother make her question her vision of herself, her self-esteem and her self-worth. It also speaks to the Mormon faith and a woman's role in that faith. I would recommend but not an easy read.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and Inspirational I have so much sympathy for Tara Westover for everything she has gone through and having the ability to open up publicly about it. A must read.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent memoir I was captivated by the graceful figurative language that Tara Westover's uses to tell her painful story. I admire her perseverance, courage and vulnerability. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. There were so many times this book made me feel sad, anxious, on edge, and happy. It was really a roller coaster of emotions that experienced all the feels. Westover really has a gift for language and wove her memories together in a way that made you want to keep reading and not put it down. I would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raw and real This book is so hard hitting. It's hard to believe families still behave this way in modern society. Kudos to Dr. Westover.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If You Love Jeanette Wallis You'll love this author. Honest, candid and a remarkable story of perseverance.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenomenal The story told is so beautifully written and really opened my eyes to the different lives people live. I didn't think I would like it at first since it is a memoir, but in the end I loved the fact that it had been the story of the author herself. Amazing read, I wish I could read it for the first time again!
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book is amazing . Interesting, funny, and heartbreaking.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Educational and extraordinary One of the first books I recommend to friends right now. An absolute brilliant story to read, and an inspiring one too when you remember that everything in it actually happened. Great reminder that an education can make waves in our lives that we never expected, and take us somewhere we never thought we would end up.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love this I really enjoyed this book. Reading for fun and everything else is gravy.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy. Cow. I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book based on some of the reviews here so I waited until I could purchase it at a lesser price so that I wouldn't feel bad if it wasn't good. Let me tell you, I would have paid full price having read it. If you enjoyed The Glass Castle and/or North of Normal, you will enjoy this. Every sentence was crafted well and with such sensitivity that her story really resonated with me. I could not put it down and I have a new appreciation for not only the education that I benefited from, but for my family. I hope you enjoy it as well!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Gem ! This book really opened my eyes to the kinds of families that exist but most people don't want to talk about. Tara told her story beautifully and had me intrigued from the beginning.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous read! I bought this book on a whim and didn't really expect much from it, but as soon as I started it I could not put it down. Tara's journey through life was both heartbreaking and inspiring. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone!
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inspirational great story by a woman of inspiration! would highly recommend
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking Truly shocking instances of neglect and recklessness. Tara Westover is the true definition of "started from the bottom, now we're here."
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Please don't buy this book. Very slow, dragged on and I was so disappointed that I spent the money I did on this book. I tried to get through it but just couldn't.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mouth open on the floor! This book was mind blowing!! Hard to read at times knowing that this book is the story of someone's real life. What an amazing woman Tara Westover is. She has overcome so many hardships in her life and had to make so many really difficult decisions. I just couldn't get enough of this book. It was extremely well written.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow!!!! Just an all around amazing book her drive to learn more than was offered is amazing
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read Hard to believe that the writer had this life and family, but clearly she does and her drive and thirst for learning lead her to many successes in life. I found myself in awe of the struggles and crazines, and also being angry at times with the family and the writer. Definitely recommend this memoir.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most powerful books I have read When I ordered this book I thought I was ordering a novel, a work of fiction. It was when I received it that I realized this was a memoir. The entire time I read this I was shocked at what the author went through in her young life. I cried for her trauma and I rejoiced in her success and journey of self discovery. This book is the story of the strength of women and that there are no limitations on education or what you can accomplish if you trust in yourself (or in Tara's case when people trust in you and help to guide you). I have recommended this book to everyone that I know.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story Amazing story of overcoming obstacles. Sad family relationships. Hard to believe all she accomplished with where she started out from!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing memoir. I've been eyeing this book for quite a while and could not resist when I saw it on sale for $11. Tara Westover's story is so sad, yet so inspiring. As a future teacher, this novel taught me the importance of obtaining an education -- no matter what. Everyone needs to read this book.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This book was a good read, had a hard time putting it down!
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive This book is inspiring. It is amazing to see how this girl was able to pursue higher education without any educational background. The book is truly amazing #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disturbing and also inspiring This book is riveting, I read it in only a few days and was in awe through the whole book. Her story is disturbing and heartbreaking and her perseverance is inspiring. Through it all, she communicates the story with love and compassion. Definitely a recommended read! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good and fast read! Really enjoyed reading this book! Easy to read and very interesting learning about her story and about the journey she took. As a teacher, this book really solidified the importance of being curious and constant learning.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book was amazing. I loved her story and seeing how far she came from the way she was brought up and recoginizing how unhealthy her family was, and ending up going to university and getting out of that life.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Importance of Education An amazing read giving much insight into how education is an important aspect to life.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing this book is just amazinthis novel is one of my favorites
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Education is Great This books is wonderful. Reading about education truly made me realize how wonderful weather is today. I strongly recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from oh my goodness, nice book Tara Westover is an American author, based in the U.K. She was born in Idaho in 1986 and led a sheltered childhood
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Powerful 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. Yet she did both survive and thrive. 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. Tara's struggles to become her true self are the real story here. It's a grueling story. I give her my full applause at having the courage to find her way.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A remarkable story This honest memoir looks at the life of someone constantly under the control of others, and her ignorance as a child in her environment. I couldn't wait to turn the next page of this book! Loved it!
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This story was absolutely amazing and beautifully written. I could not recommend this book enough
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Read this memoir quickly, and have since lent it to 4 other people, all of whom read it in less than 2 days each. An unbelievable true story.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent memoir A few reviews said that the ending was disappointing or fell's a memor, not fiction. A memoir is a factual account of the author's life. It doesn't matter if her brother (and family) suffered consequences or repercussions, as Tara is a success. With determination and hard work, she was able to rise above her harsh circumstances and her family's influence.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating! Excellent writing, incredible story. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful! This book is so brutally honest that it strikes every chord in your body, in a good way of course. Tara is a wonderful writer and I felt compelled all the way through.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great memoir This was an awesome memoir. Great writing, which isn't always expected or true of a memoir, but this read really well. Never a dull moment! Some controversial topics lived by the writer who does a good job of objectively assessing her life and has a lot of insight.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MAGNIFICENT This book is magnificent - there is no other word to describe this book. I can say honestly, this book blew all my expectations completely out of the water. Tara writes with such frank, brutal honesty, but in such a beautifully descriptive manner, I genuinely felt like I was there, experiencing her story along with her. Tara grew up in a family of devout Mormon survivalists, living in the mountains of Idaho and spending her life preparing for the end of the world, creating herbal remedies with her mother and working along her brothers in her father's scrapyard. Tara's father forbade them to attend public schools or see doctors and hospitals for medical treatment, meaning that Tara and her family lived sheltered, complex lives on the mountains, isolated from the realities of the outside world. Having never set foot in a classroom, at seventeen Tara decides to pursue formal schooling, getting accepted to Brigham Young University and for the first time in her life, leaving the mountain and the only life she ever knew. This is a story of finding your way in a world that you don't understand, and finding yourself even when it means leaving behind everything you ever thought you knew. This book is stunning, horrific, inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure. Parts were incredibly difficult to read, but the book is impossible to put down. This book is everything a memoir should be - and I am grateful to Tara for having the courage to share her story with the world. Educated will be on my Top Reads of 2018 without question. I can not recommend this book enough. Get a copy today - you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! While some parts can be difficult and emotional to read, the overall story is fantastic! Have been recommending this book to everyone!
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Incredible A different kind of story than what I was expecting but found it somewhat inspiring and upsetting depending on the situation. The ending fell a little flat for me and may not be satisfying for most readers.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting read but not comparable to the glass castle I found myself completely captured by this book, however I was disappointed in the ending. You can't help but feel invested in Tara's life and the fact that no justice is ever served is utterly disflating. I read some of the chapters in horror and am shocked that many of these events transpired a mere two decades ago. You also can't help feeling that Tara herself might not believe what transpired or that the actions of her brother still warrant having a relationship with her family. I couldn't help feeling like SOMEONE should have stepped in to do something. I almost felt bothered after a finished the book and even search online to see if there was any followup or repercussions but sadly I think the book is too new for much other than press coverage. Very interesting read but not the satisfying ending in which I think many readers will want.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expectations too high! This sadly didnt offer what I had anticipated it would.....somewhat of a letdown really! Perhaps I just expected too much?!
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Read I am a HUGE fan of The Glass Castle so to hear it be compared to that book I was so excited to read it. However, the two books are vastly different. Each woman has their own stories and should not be compared in any way. The only way I could seeing them being compared is the strength of both woman. Educated tells the harrowing story of what Tara endured through her life. This woman is not only brilliant but incredibly resilient. I don't want to give much away about this book but I think that it's a must read and I HIGHLY recommend it. I think that everyone has a right to an education and it still is a constant struggle in some parts of the world. For this woman to basically teach herself is amazing
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too Hyped up! This book was too hyped up. I guess I went in with a lot of expectations and obviously the book didn't live up to the high exceptions.
Date published: 2018-03-08

Editorial Reviews

“Educated is so powerful, so haunting.”