“Westover’s extraordinary memoir is an act of courage and self-invention. The youngest of seven children, she grew up in Idaho, in a survivalist family who lived so far off the grid that she lacked even a birth certificate and did not attend school until she went to college.”
Featured in New York Times’ Best Books of 2018.
“Raised in a family that was isolated from mainstream society, Tara never goes to school, never sees a doctor. Her father’s increasing religious extremism mirrors a descent into madness, leaving his daughter vulnerable to violence and emotional abuse.”
Featured in NPR’s Best Books of 2018.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover is an amazing memoir about a girl who grew up in a radical Mormon survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho and how she was kept out of school or doctor until she was seventeen. The girl then later went on to attend school, leaves her family, and receive a doctorate from Cambridge University.
While growing up, Tara’s family was so isolated from the conventional society that, even though they were going to their church and had neighbors, no one reached out to them to make sure that the children received an education. Tara never wrote an essay, never attended a lecture, or took an exam, and for many years there were very few books in her home which was not sufficient to teach herself.
When her brother named Tyler got himself into college, she decided to get herself into a college, and she bought books and self-studied and was able to get admitted to Brigham Young University. After that, she went to get a masters degree from the University of Cambridge and, in 2010, was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to the University of Cambridge and earned a PhD in intellectual history in 2014.
The memoir ranked number one in New York Times bestseller and was positively reviewed by The Atlantic Monthly, The Economist, Vogue, USA Today, New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times, The Guardian, NPR, Time, O: The Oprah Magazine, among many others.