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Educated

A Memoir
Lu par : Julia Whelan
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Number-one New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe best seller

Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review

One of President Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of the Year

Bill Gates’s Holiday Reading List

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s Award in Autobiography

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for Best First Book

Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award 

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by: The Washington Post O: The Oprah Magazine Time • NPR • Good Morning America San Francisco Chronicle The Guardian The Economist Financial Times Newsday New York Post theSkimm Refinery29 Bloomberg Self Real Simple Town & Country Bustle Paste Publishers Weekly Library Journal LibraryReads BookRiot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library 

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

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 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. 

“Beautiful and propulsive.... Despite the singularity of [Tara 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

“Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.” (The New York Times Book Review)

©2018 Tara Westover (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critiques

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

“Beautiful and propulsive... [Tara Westover’s] voice is so sui generis it feels in debt to no one.... And despite the singularity of her 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

“An amazing story, and truly inspiring. The kind of book everyone will enjoy. 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, The New York Times Book Review)

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un récit autobiographique passionnant

Tout était bon dans ce livre audio: le contenu qui a de quoi vous faire halluciner, la performance audio qui était parfaite. Les deux combinés m'ont donné une très agréable expérience d'écoute.

La vie de Tara Westover est assez incroyable depuis son petit monde étroit de survivalistes très croyants à une émancipation importante et non sans douleur. Et ses parents ont une vie de dingues (au propre comme au figuré). Franchement c'est passionnant. On tremble pour elle, on se dit "mais c'est pas possible des gens pareils".

Bref c'est un récit qui vaut le détour.

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Simply the best!

What an eloquent and humble description of a survivor of domestic violence. It truly touched a cord in me, also a survivor of a dysfunctional family. Thank you, Tara for putting words into my unspoken pain, rage and a profound sense of injustice.

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I feel EDUCATED, thanks!

Une histoire qui fait froid dans le dos mais qui illumine !
On se croyait ai 18ème siècle mais non, l’auteur n’a que 33 ans.

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Amazing

I enjoyed this book immensely and I think everyone should read or listen to this. Education, family, religion, growing up, loyalty, sense of belonging are explored from the unique perspective of Tara Westover's very special life and yet the incredible depth and breathtaking precision manage to make it universal.

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shocking

It hurt my body and heart, but inspired to fight for better education, accessibility of education and reflect on what education has taught me.

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The best book I’ve read in a LONG time!!

The best book I’ve read in a LONG time!! I recommend this book to everyone.

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100‰ recommended

I was skeptical at first, knowing that this was a memoir. But i was completely wrong about my skepticism... It's a beautiful book with a powering message. So far one of the best books that I've read in my life.

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A thoroughly engaging story

Definitely worth the listen. The author cracks open a peak at a world most of us could never imagine. The violent interludes are often difficult to listen to, and I found myself angry for her, but it is an important piece of literature that is useful in piecing together an understanding of the paranoia that has gripped our country. In fact, my only criticism would be that the author does not elucidate her feelings about the political realities surrounding the very personal story of her education.

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Learn to think on your own

The is a incredible, but true story. And it seems stories like that are happening permanently between us. Especially, where phanatism comes into play, which is never good.
The story shows what is possible in life, as Tera pulled out of the horror of her childhood, as some brothers of her as well. She had support by few people, which gave place to her wings to unfold. Just had to accept it.

A catching story. Higly recommend for people with family problems.

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amazing story

very very well written. deep work of self analysis and introspection. it's a bit hard to get into the story in the beginning after a few chapters I could not stop .
Loved it and recommend it . A must

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  • Eugenia
  • 18/11/2018

A Difficult Book

Difficult because of my mixed feelings throughout this unusual memoir. As told in all the reviews, this is a story of a superbly dysfunctional family. But as a listener to the horrible abuse and hearing Tara just carry on and even forgive and embrace all the perpetrators, made it difficult for me to remain compassionate to her plight.
Maybe that's not so saintly, but the characters of her father, brother and mother were so disturbing that I couldn't reach that level of understanding.
So I can't say I enjoyed the book, but it certainly was a look into a world I have never known.

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  • Holly
  • 18/05/2019

Depressing

The book exhausted me with the terribly depressing story line of non stop abuse. The accidents on the job, the two car accidents, the blood, the total crazy family life was all too much. Please keep your sanity and pick another book.

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  • Brian Angevine
  • 30/05/2018

Disturbing

There are parts of this book that will haunt me: Animal cruelty, physical and mental abuse. However, the problems are all too prevalent. I weep and pray for the characters. I need a pick-me-up after this one.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 28/03/2018

The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

"Not knowing for certain, but refusing to give way to those who claim certainty, was a privilege I had never allowed myself. My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs."
- Tara Westover, Educated: A Memoir

This book feels like it was written by a sister, a cousin, a niece. Tara Westover grew up a few mountains over from my dad's Heglar ranch. I don't know her. Don't know her family. She grew up about 70-80+ miles South East as the crow flies, but realistically, it was a 1.5 hours drive difference, and a whole planet of Mormonism over.

I didn't grow up in Idaho. I was born there and returned there yearly. But this book is filled with the geography, culture, behaviors, mountains, religion, schools, and extremes I understand. She is writing from a similar, and often shared space. I didn't just read this book, I felt it, on every page.

This book reads like a modern-day, Horatio Alger + 'The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography'. However, it isn't just a book about how a girl with little formal education from a small town in Idaho makes it to Cambridge. It is also a tale of escape, and a historiography. Westover is using her own life to do a popular memory study on herself. She is looking at how she viewed her religion, her background, her parents, and her education. She explores how those memories and narratives change and reorient based upon proximity to her family and her father.

I bought a copy and before I even read it, I gave it to my father to read (He grew up in Heglar, ID). Then I bought another couple and yesterday and today my wife and I raced to finish it. We bored our kids talking about it over two dinners. We both finished it within minutes of each other tonight.

Tara Westover's memoir hit me hard because of the struggle she has owning her own narrative. Through many vectors I related to her (we both graduated from BYU with Honors, were both were from Idaho, both have preppers in the family). My family, while sharing similar land, a similar start, and a similar undergraduate education, however, are not Tara's. And that is what made this memoir so compelling. It was like reading a Dickens novel, but one that was set in your neighborhood. It was moving, sad, and tremendous. In the end, I was attracted by how close the story felt, but I was also VERY grateful her story wasn't THAT close.

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  • Katie
  • 28/05/2018

Extreme patriarchy, brainwashing, and violence

This is not really a book about homeschooling or mormons. It's about growing up and out of an extremely patriarchal, violent, and dysfunctional family. It's about the slow process and journey that one takes when leaving an abusive relationship, questioning yourself every step of the way but slowly finding independence. Tara was luckily able to gain her independence through her extensive college education.
This is a really difficult book and may be triggering for some. I felt a number of strong and unpleasant emotions (anger, fear, sadness) while listening to this, but I couldn't put it down. Horrific as it is, I'm really glad that Tara Westover had the courage to publish this. The book kind of has an open ending, you know that the family dysfunction and drama is still continuing, and you wonder how much distance Tara Westover will be able to keep from her family over time, if she will continue to return, yearning for the acceptance of her parents.

The narrator was a perfect match.

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  • W. K. Caldwell
  • 23/02/2018

Couldn't stop listening!

I finished this book in two days flat. Tara's writing transports you into the story completely. Her vulnerability and downright astonishing history of her life is unforgettable. I recommend this book for anyone struggling in relationships dominated with control and abuse. Her bravery is catching.

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  • Haley
  • 27/05/2018

Exceptional

This book is incredible. Tara's resilience is inspiring. Her honesty, grace, and perseverance through trials that would have broken most people left me in awe. I could not stop listening to this book and found every opportunity to turn on audible to keep hearing her story.

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  • Mel
  • 06/04/2018

Gripping Read


There is no doubting that Tara Westover's survival and achievement is nothing short of an amazing feat and she is to be applauded for her strength and determination. You don't have to read between the lines to know very early in this book that this young girl (the author) is being neglected and abused on many levels, in the home of seemingly well-intentioned, loving parents. It creeps in and feels as blatantly incongruent and ugly as a blot on a peaceful bucolic scene. All the more insidious as a wide range of mental disorders throughout the family become obvious and are dismissed and justified -- denial.

I've had to sit back and reflect on this book and the author, as well as allow myself to read the reviews of other readers in order to be objective with Educated. True, it is a story of a miraculous survival and achievement by the author. It is also a sad account, to add to hundreds of accounts we've had to hear, about the destructive effects of abuse and mental illness. I've mentioned before in my reviews I worked with patients that sadly have had very similar stories and they are all heartbreaking so it is nice to read that Ms. Westover is on top of her ordeal. Healing and recovery is a challenging process and I felt Westover, at times, compartmentalized her experiences, speaking from the authority of her academic status.

Her voice in this narrative seems to waiver a bit between assuredness and doubt, which is natural for a recovering person. I could not help wondering -- which is why I waited to read other's reviews to see if I was being too clinical -- if this story was premature in that it felt like the road still reaches out far in front of her journey. It is my hope that in telling her story, feeling the support of readers that themselves gain strength from her fight and acknowledge her accomplishment, Ms. Westover can continue her fight with courage and grace.

*In spite of its capacity to foster compassion, humanness, and understanding, throughout the ages religion has at times been a source of abuse, persecution, terrorism, and genocide. These problems continue today across the world, as illustrated by religiously-based terrorism, clergy sexual abuse, and religiously-supported genocide.* Ms. Westover makes the distinction that her family is Fundamentalist Mormons, which are sects that have separated themselves from the LDS Church. This is a very interesting time in the world culture, and I suspect that by giving voice to abuse on so many different levels, Ms. Westover has added her voice to a brave force that is demanding long needed positive change in all areas where there has been abuse.

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  • Sherry Litasi
  • 26/02/2018

What an education!

This is my first full review. I laughed, I cried real tears, and I got very angry.

Tara: if you read this know that I am rooting for you! No child should ever go through what you have endured! I am so proud of you for learning it is not your fault.

For the reader: I have just sent the last hours captivated by this story. I’ve read a number of books about ex Mormons - mostly people who escaped polygamists. As a recovering catholic I rebel against any and all religions that force people to leave their families because their beliefs are incompatible. But this is more than Mormonism, it is about an extreme uneducated bipolar man, his violent bipolar son, a submissive mother and an intelligent woman’s recovery.

It is quite shocking to discover how people live and the courage it takes to escape. I found it interesting that the three who escaped have PhDs and the four who remain don’t even have. GED. Thinking broadly, in every country, and all societies, the importance of a good education remains the key to independence.

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  • Bruce C.
  • 24/02/2018

I highly recommend this book!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just finished listening to Educated. Parts of the book left my crying. I grew up in the same high-demand religion. While my family was not as fundamentalist, isolated or controlling, the similarities were there. As a gay man, I didn’t fit in and had to make my break from the culture and set up appropriate boundaries with family. I also had to develop my family and friends of choice.

Any additional comments?

Tara tells the story of fundamentalism, patriarchy and an apocalyptic view of the world intertwined with bi-polar mental illness. The story is inspiring but shows how hard it is to separate yourself from the world view of your childhood and family. She overcame some very limiting views of how the world works.

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  • Christina
  • 14/04/2019

A stirring story

A really stirring and well formulated story. Some parts are incredibly sad and violent. The book is very different to anything I read/heart before but in a good way. The beginning is a little lengthy but at the same time gives the necessary context needed to fully grasp the events illustrated towards the end. I dearly hope that young women living in similar circumstances follow suits and are able to liberate themselves like the main character of this story.
In addition, the speaker of the audio book is great! I would recommend the book.

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  • Gabriel
  • 09/04/2019

Riveting story of another universe

The riveting story of a Mormon girl's unlikely path towards education, through the harsh, distorted reality of her childhood painted for her by doctrine and psychosis.

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  • Amy Patton
  • 11/03/2018

Great.

A powerful story of change, I was completely entranced. The beginning is pretty violent and disturbing and I almost didn't get through it, but I am very glad I did.

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 10/04/2019

Tolle Geschichte, mechanische Stimme

Die Sprecherin erinnert an eine künstliche Vorlesestimme, als würde jedes Wort einzeln ohne Zusammenhang gelesen. Die Geschichte ist im Kontrast dazu faszinierend und emotional. Absolut hörenswert.

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  • Jennifer
  • 20/08/2018

Tolles Buch

Kaum ein Buch hat mich in letzter Zeit so gepackt wie dieses. Eine Biographie, die traurig und spannend ist. Geschrieben von einer Frau, die offensichtlich mit einem akademischen Hintergrund schreibt. Es wird erwähnt, wo sie nicht zitiert, sondern nur sinngemäß wiederholt. Ohne zu emotional zu werden, beschreibt sie ihren Weg.
Ich empfehle auch im Freundeskreis allen dieses Buch.

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  • Engi El-Naggar
  • 24/03/2019

loved it

Captivating, addictive, heartbreaking but also uplifting. I have so much respect for this woman, for her struggles, for her ability to recall all the details for the beautiful language of how she wrote her story and the way she tried to analyse it. I just loved it

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  • Katrin Bvhm
  • 28/03/2018

Interesting....shocking....a little long

Wow, what a story for only the first part of her life! Amazing what she was able to accomplish, with all that heavy weight that she carries around. Well read by the speaker, overall a good read.

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 17/03/2020

Eye opening and moving

Along the story, I learned many stuff that I didn't know about. The story, her feeling, her description s, stayed with me for days and made me rethink and reflect on my experiences.

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  • Maria Scheib
  • 02/03/2020

A great Story.

Usually I don't read memoirs, but I'm really happy I made an exception with this one.

Westover's story is absolutely fascinating. Her style of writing is easy to read and captivating.

4 of 5 stars because:
* There is something missing at the end of the book. Some kind of conclusion. Or a quintessence of her story so far.
* I understand that she knows her parents love her. How can she know that? There is nothing mentioned in the book which actions of her parents made her believe that she is loved.
* In my opinion she is still much too accepting of her brother's violence. Yes, he is mentally ill. But as far as we readers know, Shawn is still terrorizing his family. How can she be okay with that?

Nonetheless it's a great book. And I would read it again.

The narrator made a real good job.

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  • Julia
  • 14/02/2020

Stunning, fascinating and so honest!

Not a minute uninteresting! This book ist ingenious - what a brave and strong-willed woman.