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Book Review – Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

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Book Review – Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover is one of the best books I have read this year.

And that is a powerful statement since I read more than one book a week on average.  You must read Educated.

The true story of Tara Westover’s life, raised by a survivalist father and a meek mother in the mountains of Idaho, her story is real, fascinating and a triumph.

Having never attended school until she applied to go to college, Tara’s childhood was a crazy mix of violence, danger, suspicion, work, work and more work as she and her many siblings tried to please a demanding, religious father in a tight family lacking love.

Despite being raised in isolation and taught that the government was out to kill them, Tara suspected there was more to life than what she knew.  Eventually going out on a limb and taking the college entrance exams, Tara suddenly finds herself in a classroom for the first time as a seventeen year old.

College mentors and professors quickly see Tara’s potential and hunger for knowledge and opportunities begin to come her way, including Harvard and Cambridge.

The new Tara finds herself shunned by much of her family, and yet despite that separation she perseveres with her education and the eventual writing of this book, a triumphant tale of breaking-away and a testament to the life-changing power of education.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Five Stars for Educated.

Read last week’s review of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry


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  • Reply Judy Reed

    I concur! Definite five star! It was somewhat reminiscent of Jeannette Wallace’s “The Glass Castle” which was equally unsettling and astounding. Keep the recommendations coming – I have just finished reading “Ahab’s Wife” and thoroughly enjoyed it! Next will be “Fisherman” by Chigozie Obioma. After that on to “Killers of the Flower Moon”.

    January 23, 2019 at 11:50 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Oh so glad you agree! Also wonderful you are taking the recommendations to heart! So many more to come!!! ❤️

      January 23, 2019 at 1:42 pm
      • Reply Corinne

        Love the reviews. I have read about 75% of these and for the most part, I concur.
        I especially relate, as a 65 yr old mother, to your closing comment in Candles/Cake. May have to borrow it as well. Hard pills to swallow, ageism and attitudes, from both your employers and your childre; yet knowing they, too, will be enlightened one days as history is repeated♡

        April 23, 2021 at 3:51 pm

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