A Memoir

Book - 2018
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"Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The 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. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399590504
Branch Call Number: B WES
Characteristics: xv, 334 pages ; 25 cm


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Jul 14, 2019

This book was well worth the 4-month wait on the holds list and the time it took to read, but I would caution anyone who has had any sort of religious or familial trauma to approach it carefully. I waited over a year before deciding to read it and still had a hard time. Even if your experience seems like small potatoes next to Westover's, know your boundaries and stay safe.

A moving, heartbreaking story about a strict Mormon family. The chlidren are not allowed to go to school. Tara manages to break away from the family.

Jul 11, 2019

A slow reading "poor me" kind of book. She slams nearly everyone, giving only herself credit for succeeding. I just don't buy it. She had to have had a solid educational foundation to get as far as she did, yet she denies it. She had to have a lot of help along the way, but her mentors are almost totally ignored. She had to have learned about life from someone -- siblings, roommates, friends, church -- yet she never mentions any such help. I just have no empathy for her story.

Jul 09, 2019

seems to be a focus on girls and difficulties in becoming educated.

Jul 08, 2019

I read this for the "A Book About A Cult" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I wouldn't necessarily consider most books about religion to be a "cult" book, but her father was an extreme and I feel like their lifestyle specifically and his fanatic attitude is fitting to this. I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to and I hope she continues to be strong and move forward.

Jun 29, 2019

This is an amazing story of a family of survivalists that survived by miracle alone. I have never heard of so many gory injuries and accidents befalling one family. I found the writing somewhat disjointed and confusing. The realm of memory and memoir is challenging and often a series of glimpses through a heavy veil. The author's attempt to reach back and make sense of an oppressive, chaotic and traumatic childhood is commendable.

Jun 27, 2019

As everyone, I waited for some time to read. I can't read anymore. I had misgivings about how true the accounts are. Reading how badly the father was burnt, I can't believe that one could live through this. I'll return this weekend for those who are still waiting.

Jun 24, 2019

Wow. What an honest, searing memoir. Looking forward to whatever is next from Tara.

Jun 12, 2019

Tara Westover's "Educated" is a departure from the usual fare for me, as most of my queue at the library consists of war novels and police procedurals. "Educated" was recommended to me by a close friend, so I decided I would take a look and was pleasantly surprised. The book really hit home for me, having grown up with a parent who was suffering from mental illness I saw a lot of similarities between my own story and Westover's. I was touched by the candidness with which she writes and connected to her narrative on a deep level. I would highly recommend this book to practically anyone and have cited it in describing my own childhood and subsequent adult experiences.

Jun 03, 2019

Really good read - reminded me of The Glass Castle

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Feb 18, 2019

"Dad and his mother got along like two cats with their tails tied together. They could talk for a week and not agree about anything, but they were tethered by their devotion to the mountain."

Jan 08, 2019

“You are not fool’s gold, shining only under a particular light. Whomever you become, whatever you make yourself into, that is who you always were.”

Jan 08, 2019

“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.”

Jan 08, 2019

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds” — Bob Marley
p. 257

Dec 17, 2018

I was able to tell myself that it didn't affect me, that he didn't affect me, because nothing affected me....I had misunderstood the vital truth: that it's not affecting me, that was its effect.

ArapahoeMaryA Oct 23, 2018

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.

DBRL_ReginaF Mar 14, 2018

“You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them,” she says now. “You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.”


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