— NEW YORK TIMES
★★★★ out of four
"A heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir."
— USA TODAY
"Beautiful and propulsive."
“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.”
— BILL GATES
— 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
"One of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed books of the year."
— PBS NEWSHOUR/NYTIMES BOOK CLUB
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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.
*I’d like to re-write the above so it’s not awkwardly in the third person on my own website, but so far, it hasn’t happened. Writing copy is even less fun than you think.
Some nice things that happened
Winner of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award for Memoir
Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award
Long listed for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Leonard Award from the National Book Critics Circle Award
Finalist for the Autobiography Award from the National Book Critics Circle Award
One of New York Times’s 10 Best Books of 2018
Amazon Editors' #1 pick for the Best Book of 2018
Indigo #1 Pick for Best Book of 2018
#1 LibraryReads pick by American Librarians
Audible’s Best Memoir of the Year
Apple’s Best Memoir of the Year
Hudson Group Best Book of the Year
President Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of the Year list
Bill Gates’s Holiday Reading List
Chosen one of...
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