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HarperCollins, Feb 20, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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For readers of The Glass Castle and Wild, a stunning new memoir about family, loss and the struggle for a better future

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Tara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school.

Westover’s mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many ailments. As Tara developed her own coping mechanisms, little by little, she started to realize that what her family was offering didn’t have to be her only education. Her first day of university was her first day in school—ever—and she would eventually win an esteemed fellowship from Cambridge and graduate with a PhD in intellectual history and political thought.



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As promised, here is my review of Educated. Put me down as not impressed. Before going further, I would like to call readers' attention to the Jan. 29 2023 piece in Deseret News by Daryl Gibson, which ... Read full review

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A powerful story about self-preservation and the challenges of breaking the cycle of domestic abuse. Not many modern stories shed such a bright light on physical and psychological abuse perpetrated by close siblings so that makes this memoir stand out from many others currently on bookshelves. Read full review


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About the author (2018)

TARA WESTOVER was born in rural Idaho in 1986. She received a BA in history from Brigham Young University in 2008 and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil in intellectual history and political thought from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009, and in 2010 she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she received a PhD in history in 2014. She lives in England.

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