Educated Summary

#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

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Book Reviews


Educated5 star

One of the best books that I have read. A real page turner. Well written and so worth the read.55


Eye opener5 star

This book really changed my mentality in different aspects in my life. Really a must read! Westover’s memoir is touching, so inspiring, a book you can’t put down.55


Very good read5 star

Totally worth the read.55


Beautiful5 star

A page turner55


Good read!5 star

An amazing story!! That was told very well and I enjoyed it!!!55


Educated5 star

Thought provoking!55


Beautiful, heartbreaking, empowering account of self realization4 star

At times hard to read , but every word strikes a chord of joyful release that sits within as Westolver finds herself and learns to love her. Proof of the indomitable human spirit.45


Great read5 star

I devoured this book in 2 days, very well written!55


A must read!5 star

There is much to relate in this book if you have a parent that struggles with a severe mental illness. This book is brilliant and a must read!55


Eye opening5 star

This incredible true story of a girls battle between family and questioning a restricted and abusive upbringing. Her struggle with the locality to the family she knows and what she believe is right is week written. I talk about this book all the time, it is an important book that I’ll list rates the danger of families who try to hide their children from childhood and education55

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