Educated: A Memoir (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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By Tara Westover, Julia Whelan (Read by)
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Initially I wasn’t drawn to this book. Why would I want to read about Mormon survivalists in Idaho? However, after a few pages I was hooked. Tara Westover is a remarkable woman who survived a childhood with little schooling, no medical treatment except what her mother could provide, a vicious brother who beat her, and difficult and dangerous working conditions in her father’s scrap metal business (OSHA would have shut the place down).  She persisted and by studying on her own, she passes the ACT test and is admitted to Brigham Young University. Her education gaps are so huge that she does not know what the Holocaust is or who Martin Luther King Jr. is. Today she has a PhD in History from Cambridge University.  Her journey is extraordinary and this book is well worth the read.

— Joan

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781987146127
ISBN-10: 1987146123
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: September 11th, 2018
Language: English