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A memoir of taking control of her life and the transformation that followed

This is an incredibly moving memoir of the transformation of an intelligent and self motivated woman. She does not treat her early years in a survivalist household as terrible, but shows how attached she was and secure in the family and environment. She went out into a world that she knew little if anything about, and the descriptions of facing simple daily living in the outside world and the exposure to people and ideas is inspiring. A must read.Read full review...

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grate book

I liked this book. People who are interested in national disasters and US history as well as immigration will most probably be interested in reading this book.

Readers can gain knowledge of what it was like to work in New York City in the early 1900s. One of the things that was especially interesting was that there were no safety laws at work. Also, there was a big contrast between the rich and the poor. Some people may not like this book because it is very depressing, but it is an important event in history to remember.

This book was very well written. It has black and white photos along with descriptions of the photos. These photos give us a better idea of what people's lives were like. This book is suitable for 9-20 year olds.

I give this book 5 stars.I liked this book. People who are interested in national disasters and US history as well as immigration will most probably be interested in reading this book.

Readers can gain knowledge of what it was like to work in New York City in the early 1900s. One of the things that was especially interesting was that there were no safety laws at work. Also, there was a big contrast between the rich and the poor. Some people may not like this book because it is very depressing, but it is an important event in history to remember.

This book was very well written. It has black and white photos along with descriptions of the photos. These photos give us a better idea of what people's lives were like. This book is suitable for 9-20 year olds.

I give this book 5 stars.
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One of the best memoirs on the shelf

It always seems kind of pointless to try to add the mountains of praise heaped on books like Educated. Having arrived late to the party, I did not realize what a sensation this memoir is in the literary community. Therefore I was not adequately prepared to be so fascinated by three distinct aspects of this particularly engaging story. First, I was enthralled with the inner workings of devout Mormon fundamentalist families, even the especially unique survivalist ones. Having had the opportunity to visit extensively with local LDS missionaries on dozens of occasions (I live one block away from the local Mormon congregation), I have developed a tremendous admiration and affection for the Mormon people, even as my estimation of LDS doctrine and theology has devolved. Second, I read with great enthusiasm this story of a young girl who discovers an entire world (literally) through the gift of education, a blessing that had been denied her for most of her childhood. What a joy it is to read of someone who miraculously discovers the gift of learning and flourishes beyond the wildest imaginings of anyone in her family. Third, I am struck with dichotomy present in the divide between educated and uneducated people in contemporary American culture. The misunderstanding, distrust, and contempt that is present between those with an access to education and those without is portrayed with astonishing clarity in this amazing story. Educated calls all to bridge that gap and find a way to communicate with each other, regardless of our exposure to the ideals of higher learning (see also: Heartland, by Sarah Smarsh). There is a good possibility I will always think of Educated as one of the best books I've read.Read full review...

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Compelling memoir

Great read and I am engrossed in this story of the author's off the grid childhood to her earning of a PhD.

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The title says it all.

Actually, I felt this book was very disturbing. Although it was well written, I was uncomfortable reading it. Especially the later parts. Just sayin'

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Bookends

I’m about halfway,I very much like the main character who tells this story. It has my recommendation

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Stay away from your family.

I didn't believe. Most brutal narrative I've ever read, fact or fiction. Her nut case brother should be hospitalized. She writes well. Why would anyone ever read this book.

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Review of the book Educated

A great book, will evoke emotions from every reader, each for their own suppressed memories of their childhood, no matter how seemingly idyllic to the world. Tara is truly a survivor, and a classic example of resilience.Read full review...

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It is a crazy world out there!

Hard to believe such things exist in our modern world. Just an FYI the mother in the story has books for sale even now! U.S. needs more mental health available to all who need it.

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Worth reading

Hard to get into but stay with it. Beautifully written. Severe mental illness and the damaging effects on a family.

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