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Una Educacion

Una Educacion

by Tara Westover
Publication Date: 18/12/2018
Finalista del National Book Critics Circle 2018 - en espanol

Uno de los 10 mejores libros del 2018 segun en New York Times y mas de 40 semanas en su lista de bestsellers. Uno de los libros mas importantes del ano segun BBC - Daily Express - Library Journal - Publishers Weekly - The Washington Post - O: The Oprah Magazine - Time - NPR - Financial Times - The Economist - The Guardian - Newsday - Refinery29 - Real Simple - Bustle - Pamela Paul, KQED - Entertainment Weekly.

Como una educacion puede salvar una vida.

"Podeis llamarlo transformacion. Metamorfosis. Falsedad. Traicion. Yo lo llamo una educacion."

Nacida en las montanas de Idaho, Tara Westover ha crecido en armonia con una naturaleza grandiosa y doblegada a las leyes que establece su padre, un mormon fundamentalista convencido de que el final del mundo es inminente. Ni Tara ni sus hermanos van a la escuela o acuden al medico cuando enferman. Todos trabajan con el padre, y su madre es curandera y unica partera de la zona.

Tara tiene un talento: el canto, y una obsesion: saber. Pone por primera vez los pies en un aula a los diecisiete anos: no sabe que ha habido dos guerras mundiales, pero tampoco la fecha exacta de su nacimiento (no tiene documentos). Pronto descubre que la educacion es la unica via para huir de su hogar. A pesar de empezar de cero, reune las fuerzas necesarias para preparar el examen de ingreso a la universidad, cruzar el oceano y graduarse en Cambridge, aunque para ello deba romper los lazos con su familia.

Westover ha escrito una historia extraordinaria -su propia historia-, una formidable epopeya, desgarradora e inspiradora, sobre la posibilidad de ver la vida a traves de otros ojos, y de cambiar, que se ha convertido en un resonante exito editorial.


National Book Critics Circle finalist 2018

One of the 10 New York Times Best Books 2018.

A Publisher Weekly Best Book 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - 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 Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times

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

"Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable."--USA Today

"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

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills" bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father's junkyard.

Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The 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 an older brother became violent.

When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. 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.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one's closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, 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.
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Lumen Press
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United States
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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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