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Educated: The international bestselling memoir (edição: 2018)

de Tara Westover (Autor)

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Tara 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 in her father's junkyard. 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 one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.… (mais)
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Título:Educated: The international bestselling memoir
Autores:Tara Westover (Autor)
Informação:Windmill Books (2018), Edition: 01, 400 pages
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Review for "Educated" by Tara Westover (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐): Obviously, this book has been extremely popular. In fact, it only just now got bumped down to #3 on the NY Times Nonfiction Bestseller list (Congrats to Michelle Obama and David McCullough for killing it). I agree with all of the positive reviews. This book reminded me of one of my favorite memoirs, The Glass Castle. The idea of someone breaking away from a manipulative, hostile environment in an effort to better themselves is such an inspiring concept. I have a soft spot for this book because I am also a historian. It definitely reinforced my love of history and my determination to pursue my education further. I highly recommend this book. If you're still #87 in line for it at your library, either go buy or copy or hold on, because it is worth it! ( )
  kathrynwithak7 | Nov 24, 2021 |
Escaping Abuse and Ignorance

Today, Tara Westover, at 32, is a historian with a PhD from Cambridge University, impressive in and of itself. More impressive, however, is her journey, quite a harrowing one, from the mountains of Idaho, from a fundamentalist LDS family over which her father ruled with devote immersion in religious mythology and delusion, from a home that denied science and any sort of rational thinking, that believed in and practiced, and continues to practice, discredited herbal therapies, placing Tara, family members, and others who came to them for help in mortal danger, and that, above all, not only condoned but shielded an abusive brother, putting Tara, her sister, and her sister-in-law in the path of constant psychological and physical abuse. Add to this the fact that she pretty much had to self-educate herself, not just intellectually but also in social manners, as her parents prevented her and her sibling from attending public schools, and that she only became self aware of her need to educate herself, to become self-aware, and to enter the world, the real one beyond her mountain home, in her late teens. Remarkable and incredible seem insufficient words to describe her accomplishment.

Tara Westover is the youngest of seven born to Gene and Faye Westover in Clifton, Idaho, in the lower southwest of the state, about three hour drive north of Salt Lake City. The Westovers are The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints; however, they adhere to a form of independent fundamentalism that views even regular members of the church as corrupted souls. They are survivalists who manage to live outside the system, eschewing doctors, hospitals, modern medicine, schools, and interaction with government of any sort. Tara was delivered by a midwife, and only got a birth certificate when she was nine. Like her siblings, she spent her time working in her father’s scrapping and construction business, where injury on the job appears to have been a regular occurrence. And when accidents or illnesses occurred, her mother treated them, even deep gashes and burns, with homemade concoctions (her mother has build a successful business selling what she calls essential oils). The parents mantra was, “God will provide.”

Family unity was and is at the core of the Westovers, and Tara’s parents, especially her father, appear to have wielded this to control the family, and as a tool to bring Tara back into the fold. They threatened with and then literally excommunicated her from the extended Westover family. As she relates in her book, this caused her tremendous psychological stress and self-doubt. Added to this, an older brother Shawn physically abused her and later threatened her life. She could never feel secure at home, and never in his presence. The worst part of this abuse and what split her from her family was and is her parent’s denial of Shawn’s abuse. Shawn demanded absolute obsequiousness from the women around him, and in the book Tara illustrates how he exercised control over girlfriends, his wife, and Tara that mirror the traits of controlling men. In many ways, Shawn followed in the footsteps of his father, who also demanded absolute adherence to his beliefs. With this, came the reality that Tara could not trust her mother. On a number of occasions after Tara had confided in her mother about her problems with Shawn, her mother promised to act, only to betray her daughter. Combining this with the authoritarian family structure, with the family’s isolation and denial of the greater society, even Mormon society, with a survivalist approach to life in which the end times were about to befall them every day, the only suitable way to characterize the environment in which Tara grew up and which, through her own will and instinctual intelligence, she was able to escape, is toxic.

The truly sad part of this memoir is that many children live in similarly dangerous households and hardly any have the personal wherewithal of Tara Westover. Hers, then, is a remarkable, inspiring, and probably unique tale of escape.

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1 vote write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Not sure where to begin with this. On a very basic level it's an awe inspiring story of a woman overcoming a difficult, abusive childhood to go on to success while coming to terms with her family.
There is so much more to this book though. It explores extremist religion, family relationships, physical and mental abuse, victim blaming. It's a very well written account of some fairly awful circumstances and how the author finally managed to overcome them and make peace with herself.
It is also a book that is shaped by the baggage you bring with you. Not to reveal too much about myself, the difficultly she has with losing contact with part of her family is a bit difficult for me to comprehend. Given the strife she grew up with, I wouldn't have had any qualms about not seeing my parents again, whereas she agonizes over it. It probably says just as much about my relationship with my parents as it does with her and her parents. ( )
  hhornblower | Oct 31, 2021 |
Stunning story. One of the rare books that kept me up reading until early hours of the morning. Tara’s storytelling restraint is impressive. Especially when recounting her early years, she tells her story through the non-judgmental eyes of her younger self. ( )
  jcoleman3307 | Oct 7, 2021 |
Fascinating story of starting from no education to the peaks of educational obtainment. ( )
  brakketh | Sep 28, 2021 |
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Tara 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 in her father's junkyard. 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 one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

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