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Educated

Tara Westover

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Tara Westover's moving memoir explores her journey from daughter of a survivalist family who were opposed to education to earning her Ph.D. at Cambridge University.

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Educated

Educated

by Tara Westover

Overview

Most kids in America go to preschool, elementary school, high school, and college. But for Tara Westover, things were drastically different.

Born into a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho, Westover's father was a religious fanatic with extreme ideas — he avoided the healthcare system, wouldn't register his children with the state, and kept them away from mainstream education. Despite a difficult and often violent childhood, Westover eventually went to college and earned a doctorate from Cambridge University. Educated: A Memoir is Westover's account of the arduous and inspiring journey to get an education against all odds.

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Everything I had worked for, all my years of study, had been to purchase for myself this one privilege: to see and experience more truths than those given to me by my father, and to use those truths to construct my own mind.

- Tara Westover

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