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
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- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (February 20, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 04
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- #3 in Women's Biographies
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