Educated: A Memoir (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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By Tara Westover, Julia Whelan (Read by)
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This memoir is unlike anything I've ever read, yet I fear that there are others who were raised in circumstances like Tara Westover. Westover documents her childhood devoid of education beyond the family's radical, extreme, doomsday religion with chilling detail as if investigating herself as a case study will help explain how she escaped. Highly recommend.

— Rachel Watkins

Not for the faint of heart, Educated is the exquisitely written and painfully detailed story of a daughter who dared to dream of a life outside of the isolated home her parents created for her and her siblings. The education Westover acquired refers not only to her advanced degrees from famous universities but to the lessons hard won in her home as a child and teen. 

— Janet

March 2018 Indie Next List


“Tara Westover is barely 30; could she really write a necessary and timely memoir already? Absolutely. Raised largely 'off the grid' in rural Idaho - without school, doctor visits, a birth certificate, or even a family consensus on the date of her birth - Tara nevertheless decides she wants to go to college. This is a story in two parts: First, Tara's childhood working in a dangerous scrapyard alongside her six siblings, her survivalist father, and her mother, a conflicted but talented midwife and healer, while fearing Y2K and the influence of the secular world; then, her departure from her mountain home to receive an education. Both halves of her story are equally fascinating. Educated is a testament to Tara's brilliance and tenacity, a bittersweet rendering of how family relationships can be cruel or life-saving, and a truly great read from the first page to the last.”
— Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC

Product Details
ISBN: 9781987146127
ISBN-10: 1987146123
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: September 11th, 2018
Language: English