Educated by Tara Westover

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by Tara Westover

ALA Alex Award, Best Book of the Year, American Library Association’s 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers for Non-Fiction, IBW Book Award, Indie Choice Awards, Indigo Best Books of the Year, Indigo's Best Books of the Decade, John Leonard Award for Best First Book, LibraryReads #1 Pick, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Minneapolis Star Tribune, National Book Critics Circle Award, PEN/Jean Stein Award, Publishers Weekly Best Book, Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize, The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, TIME Magazine’s Best Nonfiction Books of the Year, Washington Post Best Book, Wellcome Book Prize.

About the Book

For readers of The Glass Castle and Wild, a stunning new memoir about family, loss and the struggle for a better future

#1 International Bestseller

Tara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school.

Westover’s mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many ailments. As Tara developed her own coping mechanisms, little by little, she started to realize that what her family was offering didn’t have to be her only education. Her first day of university was her first day in school—ever—and she would eventually win an esteemed fellowship from Cambridge and graduate with a PhD in intellectual history and political thought.