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by Tara Westover
Paperback
Publication Date: 19/11/2018
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**One of Bill Gates' "5 Books I Loved in 2018"**

An extraordinary memoir about a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power and the price she has to pay for it.

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected.

She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn’t exist.

As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with the severing of the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

"Educated is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind."Barack Obama

ISBN:
9780099511021
9780099511021
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19-11-2018
Publisher:
Cornerstone
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
400
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x24mm
Weight:
0.28kg

Tara Westover

Tara Westover was born in rural Idaho. She studied history at Brigham Young University and upon graduation was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She received an MPhil in intellectual history from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and a PhD in the same subject in 2014.

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  • Educated

    by on

    Took a little while to get into this book - but then it really opened up. Unbelievable that a uneducated girl could achieve such heights. A difficult journey all through her life.

  • How a rose grows out of a concrete crack

    by on

    Here is not a story of a troubled childhood where the writer realised that she deserved better and believed in herself. Here is a far truer story - of a child that believes all she is told about the world from her parents and her siblings perspective. That never leaves her and leaves her questioning her self and her worth to the very end of the book. You will almost smack your forehead at her stubbornness to not let the true world in. The way she writes it she almost stumbles into the success she has in education. No horn tooting. Refreshing read. I would say if this was padded out to fill the missing months and years, this could extend across three books. Even then it would be draw you in. I recommend anyone to read this story to learn how the rhetoric of a family can colour your world forever.

  • Hard to get into this book.

    by on

    I found it hard to get into reading this book:-( After some time I did ,but found it a bit mixed up at first.Had a lot of very cruel bits in it about her brother being very unkind to her and also her dad.Not really my sort of book!

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