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A searing, unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Liar’s Club about a young girl who, born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and forbidden to go to school, leaves her family and earns a PhD from Cambridge University.

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ISBN-13: 9780525528050
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 113,852
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tara Westover was born in rural Idaho. She studied history at Brigham Young University and upon graduation was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she pursued an MPhil in intellectual history and political thought. She received her PhD in the same subject from Cambridge in 2014.

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Chapter 1

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Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue xiii

Part 1

1 Choose the Good 3

2 The Midwife 13

3 Cream Shoes 24

4 Apache Women 31

5 Honest Dirt 41

6 Shield and Buckler 54

7 The Lord Will Provide 67

8 Tiny Harlots 76

9 Perfect in his Generations 84

10 Shield of Feathers 92

11 Instinct 98

12 Fish Eyes 104

13 Silence in the Churches 112

14 My Feet No Longer Touch Earth 122

15 No More a Child 132

16 Disloyal Man, Disobedient Heaven 142

Part 2

17 To Keep it Holy 153

18 Blood and Feathers 160

19 In the Beginning 167

20 Recitals of the Fathers 174

21 Skullcap 182

22 What We Whispered and What We Screamed 187

23 I'm From Idaho 198

24 A Knight, Errant 207

25 The Work of Sulphur 216

26 Waiting for Moving Water 223

27 If I Were a Woman 228

28 Pygmalion 235

29 Graduation 244

Part 3

30 Hand of the Almighty 255

31 Tragedy then Farce 265

32 A Brawling Woman in a Wide House 274

33 Sorcery of Physics 279

34 The Substance of Things 284

35 West of the Sun 290

36 Four Long Arms, Whirling 297

37 Gambling For Redemption 306

38 Family 314

39 Watching the Buffalo 320

40 Educated 327

Acknowledgments 331

A Note on the Text 333

Reading Group Guide

1. Many of Tara’s father’s choices have an obvious impact on Tara’s life, but how did her mother’s choices influence her? How did that change over time?

2. Tara’s brother Tyler tells her to take the ACT. What motivates Tara to follow his advice?

3. Charles was Tara’s first window into the outside world. Under his influence, Tara begins to dress differently and takes medicine for the first time. Discuss Tara’s conflicting admiration for both Charles and her father.

4. Tara has titled her book Educated and much of her education takes place in classrooms, lectures, or other university environments. But not all. What other important moments of “education” were there? What friends, acquaintances, or experiences had the most impact on Tara? What does that imply about what an education is?

5. Eventually, Tara confronts her family about her brother’s abuse. How do different the members of her family respond?

6. What keeps Tara coming back to her family as an adult?

7. Ultimately, what type of freedom did education give Tara?

8. Tara wrote this at the age of thirty, while in the midst of her healing process. Why do you think she chose to write it so young, and how does this distinguish the book from similar memoirs?

9. Tara paid a high price for her education: she lost her family. Do you think she would make the same choice again?

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