Educated (audiobook)

A Memoir

Read by Julia Whelan
12.2 hrs • 10 CDs • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 02/20/18
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- 02/20/18 9780525528050
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Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A New York Times bestseller

An Elle Magazine Pick for February 2018

A USA Today Pick of New and Noteworthy Books

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Books

A Vogue Pick

A USA Today bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 9 Women Writing Bold Memoirs

A February LibraryReads Pick

A BookPage Top Pick for March

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

An Apple iBooks bestseller in Biographies & Memoirs

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

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 metal in her father’s junkyard.

Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. 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 an older brother became violent.

When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. 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.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes from severing ties with those closest to you. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it.

Review Quotes

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 AtlanticWestover’s extraordinary memoir is haunting in the best way, delivering a powerful coming-of-age saga.PasteA 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 TimesWhether 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.NewsdayThis gripping coming-of-age story shows a woman’s world being opened through education.Refinery29At its heart, her memoir is a family history: not just a tale of overcoming but an uncertain elegy to the life that she ultimately rejected. Westover manages both tenderness and a savage honesty that spares no one, not even herself.BooklistAn astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success.Kirkus ReviewsRaw and unflinching . . . lyrical and literary.Library JournalPropulsive . . . Despite the singularity of her 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?VogueHeart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.Amy Chua, The New York TimesIf [J. D.] Vance’s memoir offered street-heroin-grade drama, [Tara] Westover’s is carfentanil, the stuff that tranquilizes elephants. The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing. . . . By the end, 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

“Narrator Julia Whelan’s performance is outstanding. She expresses author Tara Westover’s naïve trust in her father…Whelan conducts a master class in the fear, dread, and self-doubt wrought by domestic violence as Westover recounts her older brother’s terrorizing all while spewing religious righteousness. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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Living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable . . . a heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations of birth and environment into a better life.USA TodayRiveting . . . 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 EconomistIncredibly thought-provoking . . . so much more than a memoir about a woman who graduated college without a formal education. It is about a woman who must learn how to learn.The Harvard CrimsonA coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.O: The Oprah Magazine

“A memoir that is fit to stand alongside classics…A compelling and ultimately joyous account of self-determination.”

Sunday Times (London)

"[A] searing debut memoir…Westover’s vivid prose makes this saga of the pressures of conformity and self-assertion that warp a family seem both terrifying and ordinary.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)