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Educated: A Memoir

por Tara Westover

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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. 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.… (mais)
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Such a powerful book. Couldn't put it down! ( )
  mjphillips | Feb 23, 2024 |
Memoir
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
I listened to this book prior to a conference where I would hear the author speak. Working in higher education, I found this book fascinating and purchased the paperback version later read through the book in physical format. ( )
  midmomo | Feb 11, 2024 |
I have a lot to say about this book. An American friend once told me that a lot of fringe religions and just plainly crazy people sought refuge in the US from persecution in their home countries. But maybe it's more about self-identification. I'm also listening to Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" at the moment and he writes:

“This is the only country in the world," said Wednesday, into the stillness, "that worries about what it is."
"What?"
"The rest of them know what they are. No one ever needs to go searching for the heart of Norway. Or looks for the soul of Mozambique. They know what they are.”

Anyways, this story could have only happened in the US. Mormonism actually was founded in the US. Tara Westover is born in Idaho in a Mormon family, but her father isn't like other Mormons in the town, he is a survivalist. It's often said that we don't choose the families we are born in and Tara had a very bad lack in this department. I expected that the book would be more about her journey to education, but it was much more about her family - her father, mother, sister and five brothers. It was often very disturbing to read. Tara suffered from domestic violence and massive gaslighting. They were putting their lives and the lives of their children in the hands of God to the levels of a complete lack of common sense and basic safety. I was always taught: "Protect yourself, and the God will protect you." But that was clearly not the religion they preached. It's really a God's miracle they are still all alive - at one point it felt like I was reading about The Incredibles family.

"If the first fall was God’s will, whose was the second?"

Tara's road from not attending school at all and obtaining a PhD from the University of Cambridge at age 27 is another miracle, which is also probably only possible in the US. It feels like she doesn't want to brag about it. For a long time she suffers from the imposter syndrome and she is lucky to meet professors who help her. I would have liked to read more about that, as I said. But this book is more about personal self-discovery through education, when after so many years of gaslighting you don't even know where to start. I think her dissertation topic was very personal and maybe that's why it was so good.

For me, one of the strongest ideas in the book was about the power of doubt and not knowing. She grew up with only one truth - that of her father. The power of education is in the absence of a single truth, but that is also why education will never win over ignorance - people need simple truths.

"To admit uncertainty is to admit to weakness, to powerlessness, and to believe in yourself despite both. It is a frailty, but in this frailty there is a strength: the courage to live in your own mind, and not in someone else’s. I have often wondered if the most powerful words I wrote that night came not from anger or rage, but from doubt: I don’t know. I just don’t know."

"Of the nature of women, nothing final can be known. Never had I found such comfort in a void, in the black absence of knowledge. It seemed to say: whatever you are, you are woman." ( )
  dacejav | Feb 6, 2024 |
This memoir will take some time to settle with me. As it should. Ms. Westover’s story invoked so many reactions in me — emotional, intellectual, political, philosophical. Born in a Mormon community in rural Idaho, into a Mormon fundamentalist nuclear family that was patriarchal, abusive, and distrusted the Government and the Medical Establishment, Ms. Westover and her siblings were home schooled, in the loosest sense of the word. The extent of history she knew was limited to the Founding Fathers and the Mormonism story. Accordingly, she had no frame of reference for many of the classes she ultimately took at Brigham Young U. One of my favorite passages: “I’d always known that my father believed in a different God. As a child I’d been aware that although my family attended the same church as everyone in our town, our religion was not the same. They believed in modesty; we practiced it. They believed in God’s power to heal; we left our injuries in God’s hands. They believed in preparing for the Second Coming; we were actually prepared.” ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
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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. 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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