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Tara Westover

Autor(a) de Educated: A Memoir

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About the Author

Tara Westover is an American author, based in the U.K. She was born in Idaho in 1986 and led a sheltered childhood. Her father did not believe in public education. She worked with her parents, becoming a self-taught herbalist and midwife. She did not attend a school until age seventeen. From there, mostrar mais went on to graduate from Brigham Young University, magna cum laude (2008) and won a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge (2009) with a Master of Philosophy degree. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard University in 2010. Later, she went back to Cambridge University and earned a PhD in history (2014). Her first book is entitled, Educated: A Memoir. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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People like Tara Westover, author of "Educated: A Memoir," vividly remind us all about the innate potential in people and the indomitable human spirit. In this powerful and emotion-filled book, Tara explains what it was like to not only survive her unusual upbringing but to thrive in a way that was inconceivable to her younger self.

Raised by survivalist, conspiracy-theorist parents in rural Idaho, Tara never visited a doctor or attended school. She suffered direct abuse from her older brother and in some instances neglect from her parents. Believing there was more to life than what was offered to her on her family's mountain, Tara embarked on a course of self-study to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. She attended, in spite of her father's warning that the school was too liberal (!) Away from her family for the first time, Tara discovered just how much she didn't know and learned that much of what she had been told by her parents simply wasn't true. She continued her education -- eventually studying at both Oxford and Harvard.

Aside from her outward journey from Idaho to Utah and then the U.K. and beyond, Tara shares her inward journey. Where and how does she fit into her family? Can they accept her as she is -- and will they accept the truth she tries to get them to acknowledge?

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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jj24 | outras 518 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
It has been a long time since I’ve read a book so engrossing that I could hardly put it down.

A book that made me sad over how badly Tara and other women were treated. My heart goes out to her over her reality denying parents that seduced so many people into believing lies about the cruelty in their family.

bread2u | outras 518 resenhas | May 15, 2024 |
What a tale! The writing did not transport me, but the story certainly did. Religious fervor and bi-polar parenting taken to new depths.
featherbooks | outras 518 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
I thought I was going to join a book club and this was the book the leader had chosen. I'm a slow reader, partly because I'm too busy to "manually" read print, or, if I'm going to listen instead, because as much time as I spend driving it's more practical to consume books that way, because reading aloud takes longer than reading the same amount of words would to yourself --but now we're back to, "I'm a slow reader" so perhaps that's not even true with me. I'm not a 'glance at a paragraph and parse the important words' kind of reader, I'm a, 'relish every single word, tone, or nuance' reader.
So, as soon as I agreed to attend the book club, I was anxious to get it and read it so I would be up to speed at the first meeting. Every library had multiple holds on every version of the book already, so when I saw it for sale at my favorite used-bookshop I snatched it up and began reading.
I'd gotten permission to adjust my work schedule so I could attend the 1st meeting that was going to be about establishing a meeting time for the future meetings, and I wasn't sure what else.
The day came and went and I didn't realize it until a week later when I thought, "Did I miss that meeting, or is it tomorrow?"
Once I realized I had missed it, I thought better of the whole idea of attending---no time. I guess I'd been hoping they'd decide to conduct it online somehow--maybe in Canvas on a discussion forum, but I doubted it because most people who like joining book clubs probably like the real-time, face to face interactions of them.
When I e-mailed my apology for not showing and simultaneously resigned my patronage, explaining my lack of time, there was no response, which I figure confirmed my doubt that anyone considered conducting it online.
Meanwhile though, I'd started reading it, and while I thought my husband would enjoy listening to the audio, because there are many things in it I think he'd relate to, I was already hooked and couldn't wait for the audio.
In fact, when my turn in the audio-book hold queue finally comes up, I wouldn't mind a second time through. That's saying a lot for the book because I'm typically not a repeat reader. There are too many excellent as yet un-read books that one must shun when one is re-doing one, so it's got to be REALLY good to be worth a second go.
This one is. It's so good that I vowed to myself I would read anything written by this young lady, and had to Google her to see if her dissertation was available--uh-oh, is that a spoiler? I don't think so, it's kind of in all the summaries about the book if you don't suspect it from the title, but I apologize if it spoiled anything.
I was distracted from my search by the video thumbnails though, and had to watch the Ellen Degeneres interview, so I don't know if it's available. Probably not.
I expected her demeanor to be a little tough--a little tom-boyish, not because she wanted an education, as the detractors in her world might have thought, but because of the description of her childhood. But no. She's an adorably fragile looking thing. I'd love to explain the many reasons I liked this book, but I'll stop here. Otherwise, I really WILL spoil the book.
Suffice it to say I think it's one of the very best autobiographies I've read.
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TraSea | outras 518 resenhas | Apr 29, 2024 |



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