— 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.
WHAT THE PRESS ARE SAYING
#1 New York Times bestseller
LA Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Sunday Times bestseller (UK)
Globe and Mail bestseller (Canada)
Irish Times bestseller (Ireland)
PBS NewsHour-New York Times
Book club pick of the month
NYT Book Review Editors' Choice
This harrowing memoir recounts the author's upbringing in a survivalist Idaho family cursed by ideological mania and outlandish physical trauma, as well as her ultimately successful quest to obtain the education denied her as a child.
Voted #1 Indie Next Pick by the American Booksellers Association
"Westover is barely 30; could she really write a necessary and timely memoir already? Absolutely."
#1 Debut Pick of the Month
Hand-picked Reads from the Amazon Book Editors
Discover pick for Spring 2018
Chosen for the Discover New Great Writers program
"Westover is a keen and honest guide to the difficulties of filial love, and to the enchantment of embracing a life of the mind."
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"Westover’s memoir, 'Educated,' recounts a childhood spent in an isolationist family and her path to Harvard and Cambridge."
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"This memoir is a dazzling example of what you can achieve if you set your mind to something . . . an inspirational, truly unique coming-of-age tale."
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"A remarkable memoir about triumphing over a survivalist upbringing."
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"[A] powerful, jaw dropper of a book."
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"Educated is [an] inspiring story, overlaid with wistfulness as her need for learning alienates her from the family she loves."
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"If you want to curl up with a seductive long-winter's-even-style memoir, make it Tara Westover's Educated."
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"Bound to draw comparisons toThe Glass Castle, this memoir centers on a young girl who was kept out of school and went on to leave her survivalist family to get her PhD. "
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"She’s already being compared to Jeanette Walls (whose much-loved memoir, The Glass Castle, was adapted to film last year) and her debut memoir hasn’t even landed on bookstore shelves yet. If you love memoirs, be sure to keep an eye on writer Tara Westover whose debut, Educated, shares a survival journey that readers are definitely going to be buzzing about this year."
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"This fiercely intelligent memoir is a fascinating and compassionate view of another world and the author’s struggle to both escape from and understand it as she heads out into the world to become educated."
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"An astonishing and uplifting story about the transformative power of education."
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"Westover's jaw-dropping memoir."
The Best of 2018
"This memoir about her struggle for self-invention is beautifully written
and will appeal to fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild."
Editor's Choice Non-Fiction Book of the Month
"...while in almost any other month, exceptional books such as Afua Hirsch Brit(ish) or Helen Thomson’s Unthinkable would have been shoo-ins for Book of the Month, no title could compete with the extraordinary Educated by Tara Westover.”
— Caroline Sanderson
Indies Introduce - One of the top 10 Debuts for Winter/Spring 2018.
“The person who encouraged me to read this book did so without saying anything except the following: trust that it is well-written and worth your time. This was an appropriate primer, because Tara Westover has created an experiential memoir—a perfectly edited personal movie of her early life—and there’s something important about allowing the story to reveal itself...While I can imagine that much of the author’s childhood was vastly different from that of most readers, something about her beginnings offers us the chance to revisit the strangeness of how we each first learned about the concept of the ‘real world,’ about the parts we tacitly accepted as objective, and what happened when we came to discover that some part of this ‘reality’ was an invention of the people who raised us.”
— Sarah Bumstead, Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA)
What to Read This Fall, According to Vogue Editors
"I also got my paws on advance copies of two outstanding memoirs, forthcoming this spring: Tara Westover’s Educated (February 20) and Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering (April 3)—both of which I highly recommend."
—Chloe Schama, Senior Editor