— NEW YORK TIMES
★★★★ out of four
"A heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir."
— USA TODAY
"Beautiful and propulsive."
"One of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed books of the year."
— PBS NEWSHOUR/NYTIMES BOOK CLUB
— THE TIMES
"Fit to stand alongside the great modern memoirs."
— THE SUNDAY TIMES
"Westover writes with uncommon intelligence and grace."
"A transformation so courageous, so entire, as to beggar belief."
— FINANCIAL TIMES
"A one-of-a-kind memoir."
— THE ATLANTIC
— THE IRISH TIMES
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A B O U T E D U C A T E D
Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.
Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The 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 Tara’s older brother became violent.
Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
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#1 Amazon Editors' pick for the Best Book of 2018
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Long listed for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club pick of the month
Goodreads Choice Award Semi-Finalist
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