Educated - Tara Westover


By Tara Westover

  • Release Date: 2018-02-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 1,644 Ratings


#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 • Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

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

“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her 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. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. 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.

Praise for Educated

“Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.”—Amy Chua, The New York Times Book Review

“A heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir.”USA Today

“Tara Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind. . . . She evokes a childhood that completely defined her. Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her.”The Atlantic

“Riveting . . . Westover brings readers deep into this world, a milieu usually hidden from outsiders.”—The Economist

“Incredibly thought-provoking . . . so much more than a memoir about a woman who graduated college without a formal education. It is about a woman who must learn how to learn.”The Harvard Crimson

“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

“Westover’s extraordinary memoir is haunting in the best way, delivering a powerful coming-of-age saga.”Paste


  • Gripping

    By Kirtan katie
    Just spent a harrowing week reading this memoir. I’ll never forget this story, and the powerful characters within it. Especially because it’s a true story- or as true as can be from Memory. Thank you Tara for your courage. This is a tale of a survivor and I will recommend it to friends.
  • Educated

    By BookNerd#
  • Excellent

    By 1111momtobe
    In the same category as the Glass Castle. So tragic, so engaging, and so eye opening. Wow.
  • Amazing

    By Kmullen300
    Best book I have read all year and I read a lot of books. You will not be disappointed in this memoir about overcoming the odds of a neglectful childhood. If you have any interest in ACE’s studies and the resiliency of early childhood trauma, this book will grip you and leave you cheering.
  • Excellent read

    By Mememetme
    Finished in less than a week, reading it every night. I had a bully sister and brought brother, no where to the extent that Ms. Westover did, but anticipating getting hit all the time left me dealing with anxiety. It was an interesting look at Mormonism from the fundamentalist side.
  • One of those books

    By marcisimo12345
    Could not put it down
  • Education

    By Oregon777
    Simply amazing. A surprising book about such strength and perseverance even in great adversity. I loved it. Thank you.
  • Educated y Tara Westover

    By African Grey Timnah
    Excellent, fast read. She overcame who her parents demanded she be. I imagine she still mixes them but has learned to protect herself. Continue to shine Tara.
  • By far one of the most thought provoking -

    By DKCMC
    Could not put this one down despite the anxiety the words produced. So much abuse the writer’s words are palpable. But this book is also healing. The depth of this writing is mesmerizing.
  • Amazing!

    By Ekthomps
    Truly awe- inspiring. This is my first recommendation when people ask me for a book to read.