#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
“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.”—Bill Gates
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
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Born on a remote Idaho mountain, Tara Westover endured a crazily rough childhood in a survivalist family: her father was a self-proclaimed prophet, her mother was an herbal healer, and the children were kept isolated and off the grid. Actress Julia Whelan’s calm, unblinking narration of Westover’s jaw-dropping story drives home the specific and sometimes-gruesome horrors of Westover’s upbringing. But this story about the thirst for knowledge and a formal education also gets at universal yearnings. Like Cheryl Strayed’s bestseller Wild, Educated maps out a woman’s inspiring journey to overcome internal and external fears and save herself.
In addition to the audiobook, I read the hard copy.The narrator made the book completely come alive with some of the best narration I have ever heard. Absolutely game changing.
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!!
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.