Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover wasn’t your garden variety college student. When the Holocaust was mentioned in a history class, she didn’t know what it was (no, really). That’s because she didn’t see the inside of a classroom until the age of seventeen. Public education was one of the many things her religious fanatic father was dubious of, believing it a means for the government to brainwash its gullible citizens, and her mother wasn’t diligent on the homeschooling front. If it wasn’t for a brother who managed to extricate himself from their isolated—and often dangerous--world, Westover might still be in rural Idaho, trying to survive her survivalist upbringing. It’s a miraculous story she tells in her memoir Educated. For those of us who took our educations for granted, who occasionally fell asleep in large lecture halls (and inconveniently small ones), it’s hard to grasp the level of grit—not to mention intellect—required to pull off what Westover did. But eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University may have been the easy part, at least compared to what she had to sacrifice to attain it. The courage it took to make that sacrifice was the truest indicator of how far she’d come, and how much she’d learned. Educated is an inspiring reminder that knowledge is, indeed, power. --Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review

This is an incredibly inspiring memoir that will make you think about how much we take formalized education for granted -- an how much you learn outside of the classroom.

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An incredible story by a brave, brilliant writer.

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Fascinating story of Tara Westover which was a compelling and fast read reminding me of the importance of meeting people where they are at and not making assumptions. Her drive to complete her education was incredible and really challenges the idea of education as a fundamental right.

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This book is simply about the importance of education, which is something many people choose to take for granted. The author wasn't homeschooled. She wasn't schooled at all. It's a fascinating story about overcoming one of the largest barriers in the world -- being uneducated. But the author isn't from a developing nation, she's from Idaho. These are barriers that still exist here, and now.

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Could not put this book down - such a fascinating story and completely inspirational.

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I picked this up based on the recommendations of other SwearBy Editors, and man, they were right! I tore through this book in a weekend...I hung on every word and couldn't put it down. Completely fascinating, gripping, inspiring.

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This was a pleasant read, each chapter kept me enticed, and Tara Westover taught many important lessons throughout the book.

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