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An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

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 [Tara 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


“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
NARRATOR
JW
Julia Whelan
LENGTH
12:10
hr min
RELEASED
2018
February 20
PUBLISHER
Random House Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
392
MB

Customer Reviews

Cmtulsa ,

Excellent!!! Didn’t want it to end!

I love books like this, honest and moving and enjoyable characters. I didn’t like all of them but I knew them as if I was living with her! So many books today have characters that you don’t care anything about because you don’t have feelings for them, in this book I loved them, hated them, was sad for them, got excited when things happened!!! Great job girl!!

Tess Mer ,

Loved it!

I loved this book, couldn’t stop listening! There’s nothing better than a redemption story. Beautifully written, at times heartbreaking but also joyful. Gives a fabulous glimpse into the lives of unwavering religious zealots and what it can do to a person. She conquered unbelievable odds to earn her PHD and become an amazing writer.

ItasFlores ,

Soooo very well written

I found it difficult to listen to some parts that were painful, but the book is soooo very well written and compelling I could not stop. No wonder she got her PhD on her first try. It inspires me to continue my own journey. Many thanks for writting your story :)

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