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Educated: A Memoir By Tara Westover

What is Educated: A Memoir?

Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover tells the story of a young woman raised in a fundamentalist Mormon family. The narrative is complicated enough to stimulate the intellect regarding what it takes to be true to oneself. It reveals how loyalty to the family unit may play out against self-knowledge and self-worth.

Therefore, I am very delighted to say that this memoir is an unforgettable diary of a young girl, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and moves on to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University

“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”


What is the Theme of Educated: A Memoir?

The Memoir Educated: is written by an American author, Tara Westove. The book rencompasses many socially related themes. Furthermore, the book talks about education, family, love, belief, hardship, and the pursuit of happiness.

Tara Westover was born in the mountains of Idaho to survivalists parents, who did not believe in sending their children to school. Her family isolated her and her siblings from mainstream society that no one was able to ensure that they received an education. Moreover, they lived in a secluded area, so no one could interven when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

What is the Theme of Educated: A Memoir?

Let us discover the backdrop of this Memoir. We find that Tara Westover lived in the mountains of Idaho with her survivalist parents. Tara always prepared for the end of the world. She used to stockpile home-canned peaches and sleep with her “head-for-the-hills” bag.

Furthermore, Tara Westover’s mother was a midwife and a healer. In the summer, Tara stewed herbs for her mother, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.

Tara’s father distrusted the medical establishments. As a result, a physician never examined her, not even a nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions were all treated at home with herbalism.

“The extremity of Westover’s upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing.”

The New York Times

Despite the tough challenges, Tara decided to try something new especially when one of her brothers pursued a college degree. Eventually, she was able to set foot in a classroom for the first time at the age of seventeen. Her pursuit of for knowledge converted her, taking her across continents, to Harvard and Cambridge University. Still, she often wondered if she had traveled too far or if there was still a way home.

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What Genre is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover?

This is a Memoir by a historian author. A memoir comes from the French word mémoire, meaning memory or reminiscence. A memoir is a collection of memories about moments or events that took place in a person’s life. The events the author covers in the Memoir are public or private. Many refer to the author of a memoir as a memoirist or a memorialist.

“A heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations of birth and environment into a better life.”

USA Today

How Many Pages is Educated?

Educated: A Memoir, a book by Tara Westover, is around 350 pages of engaging read. The book is divided into three parts. Part one is 16 chapters, part two is 14 chapters and part three is 11 chapters. Educated is a non-fiction book published in the United States by Random House

“A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.”

O: The Oprah Magazine
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Who is Tara Westover?

Tara Westover is an American author living in the United Kingdom. Her father opposed public education, so, she never attended school. Hence, she was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom, and after that first taste, she pursued learning for a decade. Moreover, Tara graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 where she subsequently received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Furthermore, she earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. Tara returned to Cambridge, where she received a PhD in history in 2014.

“Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable.”

USA Today
Tara Westover - The Author of Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover – The Author of Educated: A Memoir

How Old is Tara Westover?

Tara Westover, the author of this Memoir, was born in Septmenber of 1986, Therefore, she was about 33 years-old when she wrote her book.

“Heart-wrenching . . . a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.”

Amy Chua, The New York Times Book Review#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Is Educated: a Memoir Available in paperback?

Educated: A Memoir, a book by Tara Westover is available in, Hardcover, large print paperback. The book comes in an English Kindle edition (read with Amazon Free App), Audiobook (free with your audible trial) and an Audio CD. If you are looking for the paperback in a foreign language, the book is available in multiple languages, English, Spanish, German, Italian, etc…

The Book By Tara Westover Received Raving Reviews:

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