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Educated: A Memoir

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st Edition edition (February 20, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 04
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • #2 in Religious Leader Biographies

Review “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“Westover is a keen and honest guide to the difficulties of filial love,
and to the enchantment of embracing a life of the mind.”—The New Yorker“An
amazing story, and truly inspiring. 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“A
coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.”—O: The Oprah
Magazine“Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind. . . .
In briskly paced prose, she evokes a childhood that completely defined her.
Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her.”—The Atlantic“Tara
Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up
indomitable. Her new book, Educated, is a heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-
in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations of birth and environment
into a better life. . . . ★★★★ out of four.”—USA Today“[Educated] left me
speechless with wonder. [Westover’s] lyrical prose is mesmerizing, as is her
personal story, growing up in a family in which girls were supposed to aspire
only to become wives—and in which coveting an education was considered sinful.
Her journey will surprise and inspire men and women alike.”—Refinery29
“Riveting . . . Westover brings readers deep into this world, a milieu usually
hidden from outsiders. . . . Her story is remarkable, as each extreme anecdote
described in tidy prose attests.”—The Economist “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 “Whether narrating scenes of fury and violence or evoking
rural landscapes or tortured self-analysis, Westover writes with uncommon
intelligence and grace. . . . One of the most improbable and fascinating
journeys I’ve read in recent years.”—Newsday Read more About the Author Tara
Westover was born in Idaho in 1986. She received her BA from Brigham Young
University in 2008 and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009, and in 2010 was
a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she
was awarded a PhD in history in 2014. Educated is her first book. Read more
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