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Educated : a memoir

Westover, Tara (author.).

Summary: "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. When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. 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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  • ISBN: 9780399590504 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0399590501 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: print
    xv, 334 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
  • Badges:
    • Top Holds Over Last 5 Years: 5 / 5.0
    • Circulation Count: 5 / 5.0

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note: Prologue -- Part 1. Choose the good ; The midwife ; Cream shoes ; Apache women ; Honest dirt ; Shield and buckler ; The Lord will provide ; Tiny harlots ; Perfect in his generations ; Shield of feathers ; Instinct ; Fish eyes ; Silence and the churches ; My feet no longer touch earth ; No more a child ; Disloyal man, disobedient heaven -- Part 2. To keep it holy ; Blood and feathers ; In the beginning ; Recitals of the fathers ; Skullcap ; What we whispered and what we screamed ; I'm from Idaho ; A knight, errant ; The work of sulphur ; Waiting for moving water ; If I were a woman ; Pygmalion ; Graduation -- Part 3. The hand of the almighty ; Tragedy then farce ; A brawling woman in a wide house ; Sorcery of physics ; The substance of things ; West of the sun ; Four long arms, whirling ; Gambling for redemption ; Family ; Watching the buffalo ; Educated.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader UG 6.4 19.0 500693
Subject: Westover, Tara Family
Women Idaho Biography
Survivalism Idaho Biography
Home schooling Idaho Anecdotes
Women college students United States Biography
Victims of family violence Idaho Biography
Subculture Idaho
Christian biography
Idaho Rural conditions Anecdotes
Idaho Biography
Genre: Autobiographies.

Available copies

  • 9 of 11 copies available at Lackawanna County Library System.


  • 0 current holds with 11 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Abington Community Library 92 WESTOVE (Text) 50687011651976 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Abington Community Library 92 WESTOVE (Text) 50687011661991 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Abington Community Library 92 WESTOVE (Text) 50687011773010 Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 10/02/2023
Albright Memorial Library 92 WESTOVE (Text) 50686015311389 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Albright Memorial Library 92 WESTOVE (Text) 50686015311397 Storage Available -
Albright Memorial Library 92 WESTOVE (Text) 50686015338234 Storage Checked Out 10/03/2023
Carbondale Public Library 92 WESTOVE (Text) 50688010757830 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library 92 WESTOVE (Text) 50686015620177 Main Floor Available -
North Pocono Public Library 92 WESTOVER (Text) 50691010840465 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Taylor Community Library 92 WESTOVE (Text) 50692010820416 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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