#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER &; NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW &; ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA&;S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR &; BILL GATES&;S HOLIDAY READING LIST &; FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE&;S AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY &; FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE&;S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK &; FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD &; FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES BOOK PRIZENAMED ONE OF PASTE&;S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE &; NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post &; O: The Oprah Magazine &; Time &; NPR &; Good Morning America &; San Francisco Chronicle &; The Guardian &; The Economist &; Financial Times &; Newsday &; New York Post &; theSkimm &; Refinery29 &; Bloomberg &; Self &; Real Simple &; Town & Country &; Bustle &; Paste &; Publishers Weekly &; Library Journal &; LibraryReads &; BookRiot &; Pamela Paul, KQED &; New York Public LibraryAn unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge UniversityBorn 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.&;Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover&;s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?&;&;Vogue&;Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.&;&;The New York Times Book Review

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Random House Digital


Feb 20, 2018





Age Level

General Adult