Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadnt been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because shed never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didnt believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didnt exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if shed travelled too far. If there was still a way home. EDUCATED is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalt..


Educated: A Memoir Reviews

Educated: A Memoir
Luffy

Well, this one was a special book. I didn't like what I read in the beginning. But it's a reminder of what harm religion can do. But quickly we came out of this Sam Harris-like territory, and went into more chaos.

There are a few cases like Tara's. But not everyone of them can write like her. She reminds me of Beryl Markham with her biography, West with the Night.

Reading this book was very much aligning with the values that I hold sacred. The written word, if acquired, can be a formidable weapon.
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Dan Schwent

When a girl raised on a mountain in Idaho by her survivalist fundamentalist Mormon family sets foot in a classroom for the first time at the age of 17, how will things turn out? Can she ever escape the past?

Yeah, I made that sound like one of the sleazy thrillers I'm fond of but Educated is a memoir, not a potboiler. I don't normally read memoirs but I decided to take Random House up on their offer when they came knocking.

Educated is the story of Tara Westover's childhood on Buck's Peak, a mount
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Karen

Wow! Tara Westgrove is one of the strongest, and bravest people I have ever read about! This woman grew up as the youngest child in a big survivalist, Mormon family, in Idaho at Buck Peak. So much danger for her in that life, mostly because of her father and one of her older brothers.

This memoir is so brutal at times and hard to read, your heart just breaks for this girl, and for some of her siblings.

Tara rises up to become extremely “educated” despite the fact that she never attended school, an
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Educated: A Memoir
Angela M

Difficult to read. Impossible to put down. A powerful, powerful book that you shouldn’t miss. I can’t just leave it at that because Tara Westover’s story deserves more than those few words. I don’t often read memoirs, but when I do I want them to be told by extraordinary people who have a meaningful story to tell and that would be faint praise for this book. It sounds odd to say how beautifully written this is because we are not spared of the ugly details of what this family was about, but yet i ...more

Educated: A Memoir
Will Byrnes

On the highway below, the school bus rolls past without stopping. I am only 7, but I understand that it is this fact more than any other that makes my family different. We don't go to school. Dad worries that the government will force us to go, but it can't because it doesn't know about us. Four of my parents' seven children don't have birth certificates. We have no medical records because we were born at home and have never seen a doctor or nurse. We have no school records because we've never
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Carol

Buck Peak - a dangerous place to live....at any age!

Tara Westover grew up on a mountain with a paranoid, volatile father who spent his days preparing for the end of the world; a submissive mother who was blind to her children's hurt, five brothers and a sister....one brother so threateningly scary at times, I could hardly believe what he was doing or what I was reading.

Tara's story is one of courage, strength and struggle as a child and as a young woman. To have endured the ridiculous demands a

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Educated: A Memoir
Cheri



” I will not make

The same mistakes that you did

I will not let myself

Cause my heart so much misery

I will not break

The way you did, you fell so hard

I've learned the hard way

To never let it get that far

“I lose my way

And it's not too long before you point it out

I cannot cry

Because I know that's weakness in your eyes

I'm forced to fake

A smile, a laugh everyday of my life

My heart can't possibly break

When it wasn't even whole to start with”


--“Because of You” Kelly Clarkson, Songwriters: David Hodges /
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Rebecca Foster

One of the most powerful and well-written memoirs I’ve ever read. This tells of a young woman’s off-grid upbringing in Idaho and the hard work that took her from almost complete ignorance to a Cambridge PhD. Westover’s is an incredible story about testing the limits of perseverance and sanity. Her father may have been a survivalist, but her psychic survival is the most impressive outcome here. What takes this astonishing life story to the next level, making it a classic to sit alongside memoirs ...more