Educated: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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An astonishing account of one woman's isolated childhood and youth among her Mormon family in rural Idaho. Never having been vaccinated, never having attended public school, spending her years stocking away canned peaches for Y2K and scrapping metal in her anti-government father's junk yard, she remains ignorant of all the things people today assume are common knowledge: the Holocaust, the World Trade Center, etc. Despite her abusive older brother's gaslighting, her father's desire to keep the family off the grid, and her mother's inclination to treat all the family's wounds—regardless of severity—with homeopathic remedies,Tara studies trigonometry, takes the SATs, and with the encouragement of professors, ends up studying at Cambridge and Harvard. A story of the strength it takes to leave home to become more than what you are, and of the strength it takes to return home when home no longer wants you.

Hanna Yost

This is truly one of the most interesting and amazing books I have read in many a year. It is the true story of growing up and escaping a complicated and dysfunctional family in rural Idaho. Her parents are survivalists and extreme Mormons who choose not to send Tara to school or take their kids to the doctor, even when terrible accidents happen to them. There are many dynamics and unbelievable events in this book, but what really stands out for me is the way she is able to reveal the steady, although erratic, opening of her mind to the larger world. Her perspective of what is normal and right changes as she is exposed to more people and gets an education. Educated is everything a book should be - gut wrenching, fascinating, moving and forceful enough to make you take a fresh look at your own life. I highly recommend it!

Chris Morrow

While I was reading Educated, I was gripped by the conflicting emotions. Westover puts serenity and danger at odds, each one vying to be the main focus of a chapter. Her parents had a fierce love for their children, but also had fiercely unconventional and harmful beliefs. Westover's writing is so impressive, for all the bad things that were happening in this story, I couldn't help but count down the minutes until I could be back reading about Buck Peak and the people who lived there. It is a story of triumph and self sufficiency that will inspire you to learn.

Molly Halpin

— Random House

Educated into extreme fundamentals: Mormonism. Survivalism. White supremacy. Patriarchal preponderance: Tara Westover grows up to not trust herself, even when her active, agile mind accesses great achievement, and carries her far from her family's isolated, Idahoan mountaintop home. Written in a muted, often numbing prose, Westover's memoir replays those extremes' most emotive scenes, recomposing her memories as if as one-acts, staged in their shaping of her character's nature, and so scripted by her having directed them, her self emerging through each script's enactment.

— Ray Marsocci

March 2018 Indie Next List


“Tara Westover is barely 30; could she really write a necessary and timely memoir already? Absolutely. Raised largely 'off the grid' in rural Idaho - without school, doctor visits, a birth certificate, or even a family consensus on the date of her birth - Tara nevertheless decides she wants to go to college. This is a story in two parts: First, Tara's childhood working in a dangerous scrapyard alongside her six siblings, her survivalist father, and her mother, a conflicted but talented midwife and healer, while fearing Y2K and the influence of the secular world; then, her departure from her mountain home to receive an education. Both halves of her story are equally fascinating. Educated is a testament to Tara's brilliance and tenacity, a bittersweet rendering of how family relationships can be cruel or life-saving, and a truly great read from the first page to the last.”
— Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • 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 FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE’S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK • FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD • FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES BOOK PRIZE

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An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

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 [Tara 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


“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”—The New York Times Book Review

About the Author


Tara Westover was born in Idaho in 1986. She received her BA from Brigham Young University in 2008 and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014. Educated is her first book.

Praise For…


“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.”The New York Times Book Review

“Westover is a keen and honest guide to the difficulties of filial love, and to the enchantment of embracing a life of the mind.”The New Yorker

“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.”—Bill Gates

“Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.”—Amy Chua, The New York Times Book Review

“A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.”O: The Oprah Magazine

“Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind. . . . In briskly paced prose, she evokes a childhood that completely defined her. Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her.”The Atlantic

“Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable. Her new book, Educated, is a heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations of birth and environment into a better 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 in which girls were supposed to aspire only to become wives—and in which coveting an education was considered sinful. Her journey will surprise and inspire men and women alike.”Refinery29

“Riveting . . . Westover brings readers deep into this world, a milieu usually hidden from outsiders. . . . Her story is remarkable, as each extreme anecdote described in tidy prose attests.”—The Economist

“A subtle, nuanced study of how dysfunction of any kind can be normalized even within the most conventional family structure, and of the damage such containment can do.”Financial Times

“Whether narrating scenes of fury and violence or evoking rural landscapes or tortured self-analysis, Westover writes with uncommon intelligence and grace. . . . One of the most improbable and fascinating journeys I’ve read in recent years.”—Newsday


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Product Details
ISBN: 9780399590504
ISBN-10: 0399590501
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: February 20th, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English
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