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Educated: A Memoir

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Julia Whelan

12 Hours 11 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

February 2018

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • 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 

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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 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.

“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

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  • Mihai S

    Read it or listen to it, doesn’t matter - absorb this superb work one way or another. It’s a brilliant work that will go far - I could easily imagine turning it into a movie to reach even more people. Tara is a writer of great potential with an intelligence that is shining on every page.

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  • Patricia T.

    Wonderful insight into family. Most likely, without intending to, the author helps us understand the crazy policies and fear currently crawling out of our country. The brilliance here is in the writing, each word calculated to offer readers thoughts to ponder.

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  • Cari A

    This is an amazing story that’s well written with a great narration. Highly recommend!

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  • Marianne L.

    This book was very human. I could feel the unique family dynamics and narrow mindedness of religious beliefs. I enjoyed every second of it.

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  • Lisa B.

    I absolutely loved this book and the narration. I even downloaded a kindle addition so I could actually experience reading Tara’s words directly. A stunning story about almost every aspect of the human condition!

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  • Ken S.

    Outstanding memoir. I can see why it has received the attention and awards it has. Very much deserved. My heart just ached for Tara for what she endured the whole way through the book. I am in awe of the physical and emotional strength she developed from the time she was very young. The narrator is compelling, as well. I imagine that Tara sounds very much like her.

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  • Unknown U.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was haunting and funny and hard to “put down”. Great read!

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  • Brandi S.

    Excellent book!!

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  • Teresa W.

    An excellent read, goes to show you that no matter how many obstacles you have in front of you, if you work had almost anything is possible. Truly an inspirational read. Totally recommend this book

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  • Sandra T.

    Extraordinary journey

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