“Westover has somehow managed not exclusively to capture her unsurpassably remarkable childhood. However, to cause her present circumstance to appear not all that outstanding by any stretch of the imagination, and thunderous for some others.”— The New York Times Book Review.
“A stunning story and moving. It’s far better than you’ve heard.”— Bill Gates
“Awful . . . a wonderful demonstration of the intensity of training to open eyes and change lives.”— Amy Chua, The New York Times Book Review
“A transitioning memoir suggestive of The Glass Castle.”— O: The Oprah Magazine
“Westover’s exceptional memoir is about the molding of a psyche. . . . In the energetically paced exposition, she brings out a youth that characterized her. However, it was. Additionally, she steadily detected, disfiguring her.”— The Atlantic
“Tara Westover is living confirmation that a few people are level out, boots-constantly bound up dauntless. Her new book, Educated, is a disastrous, endearing, best-in-years memoir about striding past the impediments of birth and condition into a superior life. . . .out of four.”— USA Today
“[Educated] left me speechless with wonder. [Westover’s] lyrical prose is mesmerizing, as is her personal story, growing up in a family where girls were supposed to aspire just to become wives—and in which wanting an instruction was considered sinful. Her excursion will surprise and inspire people the same.”— Refinery29
“Riveting . . . Westover brings readers to profound into this world, a milieu usually escaped outsiders. . . . Her story is amazing, as every extraordinary account described in clean prose attests.”— The Economist
“A subtle, nuanced study of how dysfunction of any sort can be standardized even inside the most regular family structure, and of the harm such regulation can do.”— Financial Times
“In the case of describing scenes of wrath and brutality or bringing out rural landscapes or tormented self-analysis, Westover writes with unique insight and elegance. . . . One of the most doubtful and fascinating journeys I’ve perused lately.”— Newsday
From the Back Cover
Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Destined to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho. She arranged for the apocalypse by stockpiling supplies and sleeping with her “head for the hills” sack. In the summer, she stewed herbs for her mom, a birthing specialist, and a healer. And in the winter, she salvaged in her dad’s junkyard.
Her dad restricted hospitals, so Tara never saw a specialist or a nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were altogether treated at home with herbalism. The family so isolated from mainstream society that there was nobody to intercede. When her sibling got brutal or when her dad’s Mormon beliefs floated toward the outrageous.
At that point, coming up short on any conventional training, Tara started to teach herself. She eventually showed herself enough mathematics and language structure to be admitted to Brigham Young University. where she studied history, learning just because of significant world events such as the Holocaust. Her quest for information transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and Cambridge. At precisely that point, would she wonder if there was still a way home?
An arresting record of the struggle for self-development. Educated is also a story of savage family reliability and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties.
About the Author
“Powerful, moving, brave in its revelation of profound humiliations, naked and completely at home in its form.”— Mona Simpson, author of Casebook and Anywhere But Here
“A punch to the gut, a moderate consume, a savage arraignment, an adoration letter: Educated by one way or another thinks up to be every one of these things without a moment’s delay. Tara Westover guides us through the remarkable western scene of her transition, and in the clear. Its delicate writing causes us to feel what she fondled developing among aficionados. We give ourselves over to her telling, in any event, when she takes us to the darkest spots a family can stay. Once in a while have I perused a book that made me so awkward, so annoyed, and simultaneously so completely, totally ingested. I adored this book and this lady.”— Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble.