Educated: A Memoir (Random House Large Print)

Educated: A Memoir (Random House Large Print)

by Tara Westover (Author)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • One of the most acclaimed books of our time: an unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University “An amazing story, and truly inspiring. It’s even better than you’ve heard.”—Bill Gates 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: National Book Critics Circle’s Award In Autobiography and John Leonard Prize For Best First Book • PEN/Jean Stein Book Award • Los Angeles Times Book Prize 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 [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?”—VogueNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • Time • NPR • Good Morning America • San Francisco ChronicleThe Guardian  The Economist • Financial Times  Newsday • New York PosttheSkimmRefinery29BloombergSelfReal Simple • Town & CountryBustlePaste • Publishers Weekly  Library JournalLibraryReadsBookRiot • Pamela Paul, KQED • New York Public Library

Educated: A Memoir (Random House Large Print) by Tara Westover

In a gripping memoir, Tara Westover recounts her upbringing in a fundamentalist Mormon family in the mountains of Idaho, where she and her six siblings were raised by their survivalist father, who forbade them from going to school or seeing doctors.

Tara's father was a deeply religious man who believed that the end of the world was imminent, and he prepared his family for the worst by stockpiling food and teaching them how to survive in the wilderness. Tara's mother was a devout follower of her husband, and she homeschooled the children, using a curriculum that was heavily focused on religion and conspiracy theories.

As Tara grew older, she began to question her father's teachings, and she longed for a different life. She eventually left home and enrolled in college, where she had to learn to navigate the outside world for the first time. Educated is a powerful and inspiring story about one woman's journey to overcome adversity and find her own path in life.

Praise for Educated:

  • "A remarkable story of resilience and self-discovery." —The New York Times
  • "A must-read for anyone who has ever felt trapped or alone." —People
  • "An unforgettable memoir that will stay with you long after you finish reading it." —Entertainment Weekly

About the Author:

Tara Westover was born in 1986 in Clifton, Idaho, to Val and LaRee Westover. She was raised in a fundamentalist Mormon family and was not allowed to attend school or see doctors. When she was 17, she left home and enrolled in Brigham Young University. She later transferred to Harvard University, where she earned a PhD in history. Educated is her first book.


512 pages