One Book - Educated

“The skill I was learning was a crucial one,
the patience to read things I could not yet understand.”

-- Tara Westover, Educated

Educated book photo

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her 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. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far if there was still a way home.

Tara Westover received her BA from Brigham Young University in 2009. She earned an M.Phil from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard University in 2010. She earned a Ph.D. in History from Cambridge in 2014. Educated is her first book.