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Tara Westover - Author

About the Author

Tara Westover (born September 1986) is an American memoirist, essayist and historian. Her memoir Educated (2018) debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for a number of national awards, including the LA Times Book Prize, PEN America's Jean Stein Book Award, and two awards from the National Book Critics Circle Award. The New York Times named Educated one of the 10 Best Books of 2018 and in a piece written by Bill Gates, Westover was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019.

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Befreit

Befreit

Author: Tara Westover Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2018

Von den Bergen Idahos nach Cambridge - der unwahrscheinliche "e;Bildungsweg"e; der Tara Westover. Tara Westover ist 17 Jahre alt, als sie zum ersten Mal eine Schulklasse betritt. Zehn Jahre spter kann sie eine beeindruckende akademische Laufbahn vorweisen. Aufgewachsen im lndlichen Amerika, befreit sie sich aus einer rmlichen, archaischen und von Paranoia und Gewalt geprgten Welt durch - Bildung, durch die Aneignung von Wissen, das ihr so lange vorenthalten worden war. Die Berge Idahos sind Taras Heimat, sie lebt als Kind im Einklang mit der grandiosen Natur, mit dem Wechsel der Jahreszeiten - und mit den Gesetzen, die ihr Vater aufstellt. Er ist ein fundamentalistischer Mormone, vom baldigen Ende der Welt berzeugt und voller Misstrauen gegenber dem Staat, von dem er sich verfolgt sieht. Tara und ihre Geschwister gehen nicht zur Schule, sie haben keine Geburtsurkunden, und ein Arzt wird selbst bei frchterlichsten Verletzungen nicht gerufen. Und die kommen hufig vor, denn die Kinder mssen bei der schweren Arbeit auf Vaters Schrottplatz helfen, um ber die Runden zu kommen. Taras Mutter, die einzige Hebamme in der Gegend, heilt die Wunden mit ihren Krutern. Nichts ist dieser Welt ferner als Bildung. Und doch findet Tara die Kraft, sich auf die Aufnahmeprfung frs College vorzubereiten, auch wenn sie quasi bei null anfangen muss Wie Tara Westover sich aus dieser Welt befreit, berhaupt erst einmal ein Bewusstsein von sich selbst entwickelt, um den schmerzhaften Abnabelungsprozess von ihrer Familie bewltigen zu knnen, das beschreibt sie in diesem ergreifenden und wunderbar poetischen Buch. "e; Befreit wirft ein Licht auf einen Teil unseres Landes, den wir zu oft bersehen. Tara Westovers eindringliche Erzhlung - davon, einen Platz fr sich selbst in der Welt zu finden, ohne die Verbindung zu ihrer Familie und ihrer geliebten Heimat zu verlieren - verdient es, weithin gelesen zu werden."e; J.D. Vance Autor der "e;Hillbilly-Elegie"e;

Educated

Educated

Author: Tara Westover Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *;An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge UniversityBook Club Pick for Now Read This, fromPBS NewsHourandThe New York Times ';A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle.'O: The Oprah Magazine ';Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable.'USA Today ';The extremity of Westover's upbringing emerges gradually through her telling, which only makes the telling more alluring and harrowing.'The New York Times Book ReviewTara 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 metal in her father's junkyard. Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. 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 an older brother 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. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. 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. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one's closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

Educated

Educated

Author: Tara Westover Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2018

For readers ofThe Glass CastleandWild, a stunning new memoir about family, loss and the struggle for a better future#1 International BestsellerTara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school.Westovers mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many ailments. As Tara developed her own coping mechanisms, little by little, she started to realize that what her family was offering didnt have to be her only education. Her first day of university was her first day in schooleverand she would eventually win an esteemed fellowship from Cambridge and graduate with a PhD in intellectual history and political thought.

Educated

Educated

Author: Tara Westover Format: eBook Release Date: 20/02/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Educated by Tara Westover, read by Julia Whelan.Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd travelled too far. If there was still a way home. EDUCATED is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with the severing of the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.*Earphones Award Winner for Audiofile magazine*'One of my favourite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it's on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon ... Tara Westover's Educated is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.'- BARACK OBAMA_______________'A beautifully written memoir.' - J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy'Marvellous. There is no feeling like discovering a young writer who is springing up fully armed with so much talent.' - Stephen Fry'A striking story, beautifully told. Tara is an incredible new talent . . . I was holding my breath through parts, willing her to be okay.' - Cathy Retzinbrink, author of The Last Act of Love

Educated The international bestselling memoir

Educated The international bestselling memoir

Author: Tara Westover Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2018

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'A memoir to stand alongside the classics by the likes of Jeanette Winterson and Lorna Sage ... compelling and ultimately joyous' Sunday Times ________________________ Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical, and her brother, more violent. At sixteen Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from her Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd travelled too far. If there was still a way home. EDUCATED is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes with the severing of the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, from her singular experience Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it. ________________________ * Shortlisted for the 2018 BAMB Readers' Awards * Recommended as a summer read by Barack Obama, Antony Beevor, India Knight, Blake Morrison and Nina Stibbe