Educated by Tara Westover
Genre: Biographies & Memoir
Length: 352 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hours and 10 minutes
First Published: 2018
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.
Quotes from Educated
First find out what you are capable of, then decide who you are.
It’s strange how you give the people you love so much power over you.
I began to experience the most powerful advantage of money: the ability to think of things besides money.
The thing about having a mental breakdown is that no matter how obvious it is that you’re having one, it is somehow not obvious to you.
Whomever you become, whatever you make yourself into, that is who you always were.
About Tara Westover
Tara Westover is an American author. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. She spent her days working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. After that first encounter with education, she pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014. Visit the author’s website →