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Educated : : a Memoir

Westover, Tara. Book - 2018 270.092 We, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Biography / General / Westover, Tara None on shelf 241 requests on 69 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Choose the good -- The midwife -- Cream shoes -- Apache women -- Honest dirt -- Shield and buckler -- The Lord will provide -- Tiny harlots -- Perfect in his generations -- Shield of feathers -- Instinct -- Fish eyes -- Silence and the churches -- My feet no longer touch the earth -- No more a child -- Disloyal man, disobedient heaven -- To keep it holy -- Blood and feathers -- In the beginning -- Recitals of the fathers -- Skullcap -- What we whispered and what we screamed -- "I'm from Idaho" -- A knight, errant -- The work of sulphur -- Waiting for moving water -- If i were a woman -- Pygmalion -- Graduation -- The hand of the almighty -- Tragedy -- A brawling woman in a wide house -- Sorcery of physics -- The substance of things -- West of the sun -- Four long arms, whirling -- Gambling for redemption -- The family, morality, and social science -- The princess -- Educated.
"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 in her father's junkyard. 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 one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.

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Wow submitted by Pooh3238 on June 17, 2018, 5:41pm This is an amazing story. Frustrating that it is a true story, but amazing "coming of age" and how she dealt with her situations.

A must-read memoir submitted by jmattock on June 19, 2018, 3:52pm This is a memoir not to be missed! Westover shares the stories of her difficult childhood growing up in the mountains of Idaho with a thoughtful insight and reflection. Her grit and strength to overcome many obstacles in her life (most of which were created by her family) is admirable. While this is a work of non-fiction, there were some aspects of the family dynamics and relationships that reminded me of "The Great Alone," by Kristin Hannah.

Educated(Nice....) submitted by MadMonkeyZ on June 23, 2018, 2:52pm Tara Westover didn't see the inside of a classroom until she was seventeen, but it was an experience that dramatically changed the trajectory of her life. This stirring memoir chronicles how she survived her survivalist upbringing, eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University. It’s a rousing reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power.

Riveting submitted by magdales on August 20, 2018, 8:07pm I had trouble putting down this book and my heart felt for Tara. Her journey from an isolated family, tightly controlled by a fanatical father and abuse from a brother is told with brutal honesty and eloquence. It is a book to be read more than once, a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit.

Highly recommended submitted by juleen on August 31, 2018, 4:52pm A powerful and dramatic memoir. Tara Westover's story is one of transformation and tenacity.

Unsettling and brave submitted by eamcdon on February 16, 2019, 2:19pm A story of survival and finding self. Incredible that we still have children raised this way in our time.

Entire book club loved it! submitted by lballard on June 18, 2019, 5:57pm This is an amazing memoir of someone who has had a very different and difficult life. Raised by “Mormon” fanatics, she manages to get out and have a more normal life. (I’m not sure that mainstream Mormons would consider this family’s views as Mormon)
It’s rare for a book to be universally loved in my book club, but this one was. Everyone was enthusiastic about it. I’d strongly recommend it for anyone, except people who had difficult family situations of their own, and who prefer not to be reminded of them

For the Child who Diverged submitted by KAPapaya on June 20, 2019, 10:02pm Thank you, Ms. Westover, for disclosing the intimate details of a family under a religious spell and in poverty. My own family history shares some of the fundamentalism described here, and its helpful to hear the discovery of the outside world described so articulately.

Compelling submitted by alenaganiskiewicz on July 4, 2019, 5:44pm I had a hard time putting this down. At times a difficult story to read, but also one I didn't want to turn away from.

Educated submitted by gindacu on July 10, 2019, 10:59pm Fascinating story. The author has overcome enormous challenges to achieve so much.

Vulnerable Story submitted by jackson.sarah.jean on July 13, 2019, 12:33am It's so rewarding to read a vulnerable, authentic book, that takes you on a journey through their life. This is what this book did! The writing is great, the story intriguing, I would highly recommend this book.

I loved this book and Westover's story submitted by tbbrown76@yahoo.com on July 15, 2019, 10:45pm It really rings true. Highly recommended for everybody. Even Mormons.
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Fascinating submitted by selujules on July 30, 2019, 9:11pm A fascinating look into a woman whose life is so different from mine. She is a beautiful writer, and I'm grateful she can be so open and honest about her story. It opened my eyes!

Liked this book submitted by karenkay on July 31, 2019, 3:28pm I found this book to be very interesting. Tara Westover was raised loosely as a Mormon but this is not the typical story of being raised in an abusive Mormon home. This story was more about being raised in a home where multiple family members have significant mental health problems that are untreated because of their distrust of the government and traditional medicine.

Thought-provoking submitted by rhino322 on August 11, 2019, 11:35am This book made me really reflect on taken-for-granted knowledge. We tend to go through our lives thinking there are certain things people know, yet as this book demonstrates, we can be mistaken in making these assumptions--and t b at when this occurs, the fault often lies with upbringing rather than some personal flaw.

Read submitted by Clown81 on August 25, 2019, 9:12pm Probably a great read.

Belief submitted by ccrose on August 30, 2019, 4:46pm This is a book that should beused in high-school classes. That’s an age when young people are hungry to know more about the world outside their family’s. And some may have been held back from chances for them to realize theirs is a hard life, an unfair life. A life where their parents have demanded no wandering away in physical distance or harsh beliefs.
I wonder if she wrote this after her parents died. Or if there were serious threats she faced. It doesn’t matter in the long run because she wrote it and turned it loose.
Brave, generous gift.