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Educated: A Memoir

Amazon.com Review Amazon Editors' #1 Pick for the Best Book of 2018: Tara Westover wasn’t your garden variety college student. When the Holocaust was mentioned in a history class, she didn’t know what it was (no, really). That’s because she didn’t ...

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Write

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Read

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Memoir

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Woman

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Way

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Journey

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Story

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Author

(73 reviews)
Education

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Tara

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Parent

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Child

(27 reviews)
Time

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Family

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Childhood

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Circumstance

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Brother

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Reality

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Father

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Behavior

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Mormon

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Upbringing

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Situation

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Abuse

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Reviews around write (4.63 of 5)

  • Each crack and rip of hair was so well written I could feel it
  • The novel is well written, just hard to understand how she lived that life without succumbing to great anger
  • This book is well written and is an important story to be told.
  • I thought the book was well written, and very interesting.
  • That said, the writing is well done and the as story griping
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Reviews around read (4.36 of 5)

  • This was a great life story of Tara Westover; however, I found it a difficult read
  • Very somber , depressing , cruel , written in a flat , uninspired did not know how to finish it faster (read for the book club ).
  • I had to read this book for the bookclub..omg, is this a boring and unbelievable read
  • And for that, the book is a good read, with a remarkable journey, but flawed.
  • Fantastic read, this is a rare book that will draw you in
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Reviews around memoir (4.33 of 5)

  • An amazing memoir, enthralling, insightful, and so well written
  • Just an amazingly well written and unbelievable memoir, recommended read!
  • What an amazing memoir of Tara’s life and transformation
  • Two things stuck with me after finishing this intense memoir
  • I found Educated to be an exceptionally well written memoir.
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Reviews around woman (4.03 of 5)

  • Also, the ideology that women are subservient to their husbands is not accurate
  • This book isn’t about someone from some far-off country in some “horrific foreign religion” that subjugates women.
  • This is the story of a courageous young woman who not only lived her story but who must have had to relive it in the telling of it
  • It is an inspiring story of a remarkable young woman who managed to overcome her difficult upbringing.
  • Tara was a courageous young woman who overcame the odds against her.
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Reviews around way (3.86 of 5)

  • Loved the way it was written and the information presented
  • The abuse at the hands of a family hypnotized by a strict way of life was shocking, and yet, Tara's resilience shines even brighter
  • Thank you, Tara for your insight and your wonderful way of writing.
  • I loved the way Tara Westover told the the stories of her upbringing
  • It seemed vengeful to me, as though it were written in part as a way to punish them
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Reviews around journey (3.67 of 5)

  • I’ve told every friend about this amazing book and the courageous journey of the young girl
  • Clunky and emotional in the telling, but worth the effort to follow this young woman's journey.
  • The author articulated, in a way I never could, my own journey with my family.
  • The conflict she has with her family and how she becomes educated is a great journey.
  • And for that, the book is a good read, with a remarkable journey, but flawed.
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Reviews around story (3.58 of 5)

  • Her story was so scary at times, because of her father who was a lunatic.
  • It was an incredible story, but it could have been shortened
  • It felt like the same abusive dad story over and over again
  • This is an unbelievable story and a triumph of a girl who conquered the world on her own
  • Tara is an amazing writer with an incredible life story
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Reviews around author (3.17 of 5)

  • Clearly, the author still struggles to work through her childhood and figure out her future.
  • The author writes so well and takes us into her heart as she struggles to live with her disfunctional family.
  • It is as though the author has Stockholm Syndrome of a sort.
  • The author writes so well and takes us into her heart as she struggles to live with her disfunctional family.
  • The author articulated, in a way I never could, my own journey with my family.
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Reviews around education (3.17 of 5)

  • Tara's conflict comes from her innate desire to exist in the life of her family and her thirst for the knowledge and education that was denied to her
  • Secondary education is not that hard once you understand the systems
  • I saw firsthand how these families interacted and how education was not important
  • Author put herself out there to all of us in reliving her childhood; choosing a better life and education for herself.
  • Although the author achieved a significant education, she certainly was (is?
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Reviews around tara (2.99 of 5)

  • Tara found happiness after such a difficult childhood.
  • Tara is amazing and although my family life is not like hers, I nearly cried with some of her revelations about hers.
  • How Tara manages to break out of this system is the crux of this memoir.
  • Tara is amazing and although my family life is not like hers, I nearly cried with some of her revelations about hers.
  • I was somewhat surprised that Tara Westover endured the abuse of her brother and father as long as she did.
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Reviews around parent (2.10 of 5)

  • It demonstrated to me how a parent's approval is always important.
  • So much for Righteous fundamentalist parents who place their children's safety over religion.
  • I was absolutely amazed the author, Tara Westover, actually lived through such a brutal family experience with an abusive sibling and nutty parents.
  • This book was quite an eye opener on how a child will love their parents even with abuse.
  • It's hard to believe parents could be so cruel to their children and so clueless to the abuse Shawn was showering on Tara literally before their eyes.
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Reviews around child (2.07 of 5)

  • It is so sad to think that parents would deny their children such basic rights and turn their head to such abuse.
  • I struggled a bit reading this story because it was difficult to read of all the times children were endangered
  • Tara's parents could not have been unaware of that yet did nothing to protect their children from him
  • When does a child's welfare trump a parents freedom of religion
  • Tara's mom cannot protect her children since loyalty to the father is the strongest belief in the family.
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Reviews around time (2.03 of 5)

  • The writing is superb and the life that it portrays leaves you with "how can this happen in modern times"
  • Odd to realize this is still around in our modern times.
  • A gripping and touching story that makes you wonder how a life like this could be real in modern times
  • I had a hard time putting it down and when I had to , it was always on my mind
  • I was captivated by this memoir and had a difficult time putting it down.
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Reviews around family (2.00 of 5)

  • While also having my family dynamics reiterated so clearly
  • and I could relate to despite the very unusual family circumstances
  • Many people obviously do not understand what being raised by an abusive family is like.
  • Instead the family protects him and apologizes for him ??????
  • For everyone who blames their family for their bad life.
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Reviews around childhood (1.95 of 5)

  • I'm sure there are many who, although, they don't have such violent childhood
  • On the surface, the story is about a child overcoming a horrific childhood but it is so much more
  • Encouraging read for those considering leaving childhood ideologies or faiths.
  • Her childhood, I am amazed she was able to hold it all together to finish her goals..
  • Well written book explaining the life of a person that led a very sheltered childhood with a father that had mental illness.
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Reviews around circumstance (1.85 of 5)

  • Showed how persistence can win out over the most difficult circumstances.
  • Tara had to work against unusual circumstances and difficult family relationships to do this
  • n’t write another book unless she has actually freed her mind.
  • Great read and a testament to the indomitable human spirit that can rise above the most difficult circumstances and upbringing, although not without a struggle and scars.
  • All the members of my book club were impressed by this young woman’s determination in the face of extremely difficult circumstances.
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Reviews around brother (1.82 of 5)

  • She also learned about mental illness and came to see her father and an abusive brother as suffering from it
  • I am so very glad she escaped the tyranny of her father, mother, and abusive brother
  • The abuse from her over zealous religious survivalist father and her very physically abusive older brother made it at times difficult to
  • Was it the designated role she was assigned at birth- a girl in a fanatically religious family by a dominating father and brother
  • Her one brother, Shawn, was extremely abusive and manipulating of her and her siblings
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Reviews around reality (1.80 of 5)

  • While her story is real and I can respect that, I just wish someone had been able to get her to view reality long before she suffered so much.
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like for Tara to find that she was living in a warped reality
  • She eventually had to make the difficult choice between her newly discovered reality and the warped reality gripping her family
  • Being brought up in a dysfunctional situation where reality is questionable, education becomes both a salvation and a death sentence
  • Furthermore, like her old sect, her new religion will reward her so long as she follows its tenets.
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Reviews around father (1.76 of 5)

  • The irresponsible, misguided parents who not only denied their offspring the opportunity for an education, but the father (and brother) who were overtly abusive, was sickening
  • Even at the end of the book I feel she is still protecting her emotionally damaged father
  • Abusive father, abusive brother, herself and another brother victimized by their sibling and a mother manipulated by her husband and son
  • A story of amazing fortitude and sense of self that emerges even while being held down by a dominating zealot father and a cowering subservient mother.
  • Her bi-polar father and compliant, yet successful mother protected the rage of their sons and discouraged the longings of their daughters
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Reviews around behavior (1.73 of 5)

  • She realized she bore the brunt of extreme religious beliefs and practices as well as beset by her father’s and brother’s mental illness and distorted thinking and their abusive behavior toward her
  • In her memoir “Educated,” the extreme bipolar behavior of Tara’s abusive brother Shawn is believable, as is the damaging loyalty of her mom to her husband (Tara’s dad)
  • Growing up in a family and community that not only protects the leadership of mentally ill father and brother, but denies their abusive behavior leaves her alone and scarred
  • So many descriptions of violent family behavior and agonizing mental states of the various family members.
  • Tara’s story might help people to better understand who they are and inspire them to make themselves a fundamental change in their lives, as well as it might help the world, the public opinion, and people in position of leadership to better understand the dramatic lives of people isolated from education and health services
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Reviews around mormon (1.71 of 5)

  • In it, she tells the story of her childhood as part of an isolated Mormon family living in rural Idaho
  • A very interesting account of a young girls life within a strict Mormon family
  • I learned a lot about all kinds of things, the Mormon religion, bipolar disorder, bullying, Family loyalty.
  • Nowhere does Tolstoy’s observation that : "…every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" proves to be more true that in Tara Westover account of her insane Mormon family whom she loves beyond reason
  • Tara takes us on her journey of self-discovery, self-awareness, and struggle to reconcile her Mormon past with her inner self.
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Reviews around upbringing (1.61 of 5)

  • My heart goes out to Tara, who can never fully shake off her warped upbringing
  • The fact remains that her upbringing was unusual and eventful
  • Very interesting story about overcoming an incredibly abusive upbringing!
  • It is an inspiring story of a remarkable young woman who managed to overcome her difficult upbringing.
  • The difficult part was realizing that the abusive upbringing was true.
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Reviews around situation (1.58 of 5)

  • n’t write another book unless she has actually freed her mind.
  • Furthermore, like her old sect, her new religion will reward her so long as she follows its tenets.
  • n’t write another book unless she has actually freed her mind.
  • I disliked the abusive situation that she tried to minimize and she did not try to fight back.
  • Tara’s story might help people to better understand who they are and inspire them to make themselves a fundamental change in their lives, as well as it might help the world, the public opinion, and people in position of leadership to better understand the dramatic lives of people isolated from education and health services
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Reviews around abuse (1.50 of 5)

  • she grew up in, but the story was much more focused on the horrible abuse she endured.
  • It shows in horrific detail what physical and emotional abuse looks like.
  • She experienced horrible abuse physically and mentally.
  • This didn’t bother me because it wasn’t well written or conceived, it bothered me because it’s hard to read that much abuse, brainwashing, and neglect and not be bothered
  • The abuse at the hands of a family hypnotized by a strict way of life was shocking, and yet, Tara's resilience shines even brighter
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More about Educated: A Memoir

  • Amazon.com Review Amazon Editors' #1 Pick for the Best Book of 2018: Tara Westover wasn’t your garden variety college student
  • When the Holocaust was mentioned in a history class, she didn’t know what it was (no, really)
  • That’s because she didn’t see the inside of a classroom until the age of seventeen
  • Public education was one of the many things her religious fanatic father was dubious of, believing it a means for the government to brainwash its gullible citizens, and her mother wasn’t diligent on the homeschooling front
  • If it wasn’t for a brother who managed to extricate himself from their isolated—and often dangerous--world, Westover might still be in rural Idaho, trying to survive her survivalist upbringing
  • It’s a miraculous story she tells in her memoir Educated
  • For those of us who took our educations for granted, who occasionally fell asleep in large lecture halls (and inconveniently small ones), it’s hard to grasp the level of grit—not to mention intellect—required to pull off what Westover did
  • But eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University may have been the easy part, at least compared to what she had to sacrifice to attain it
  • The courage it took to make that sacrifice was the truest indicator of how far she’d come, and how much she’d learned
  • Educated is an inspiring reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power
  • --Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review Read more Review “If [J
  • D.] Vance’s memoir offered street-heroin-grade drama, Westover’s is carfentanil, the stuff that tranquilizes elephants
  • The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing.”—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, TheNew 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 Read more See all Editorial Reviews