A Memoir

Downloadable Audiobook - 2018
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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 One of . . . The New York Times Book Review's Must-Know Literary Events of 2018 BBC's Books Look Ahead 2018 Stylist's 20 Must-Read Books to Make Room For in 2018 Entertainment Weekly's 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2018 Bustle's 13 Authors You Need to Be Watching in 2018 LibraryReads's February Top 10 Daily Express's Must-Have New Reads The Pool's Books We're Looking Forward to in 2018 Vogue's What to Read This FallTara 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 one's closest ties. 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2018
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780525528081
Characteristics: 1 online resource (10 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Whelan, Julia 1984-
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Aug 07, 2019

This was a book club selection for me. Too sad for my tastes. I also found that as an audiobook it was especially tough to get through because you can't skim the horrific scenes like you could if you were reading it.

Sep 16, 2018

Still another survivalist/prepper/off-the-grid story, this one a memoir. It’s hard to believe there have been no comments on this book yet, as much of a stir as it’s created. The author grew up in a Fundamentalist Mormon family who didn’t believe in things like school and doctors. They were self-sufficient, and fully prepared to resist government (Satanic) efforts at intervention and/or takeover. There was much, much, much to object to as far as the parents’ child-rearing tactics. There was much deliberate abuse by one of the brothers, which the parents chose to ignore, as well as collateral abuse because of being deprived of even urgent medical care, i.e., third degree burns, concussions, etc. The author explains that some of her memories conflict with the memories of her siblings, and at least one of her siblings chimed in on Amazon to contest her recounting of her childhood. For example, the author claims to have had virtually no education yet she and several of her siblings not only were admitted to and graduated from college, but went on to get their PhDs. Hers was from Cambridge!
Regardless, it was a fascinating look into a foreign-to-me approach to life. I couldn’t help but admire the family’s resourcefulness, as well as the human species’ ability to adapt to and withstand and recover from and even triumph over (maybe because of?) so many tremendous physical and emotional wounds.


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