Educated - A Memoir
Tara Westover

by

Sharon Fleming

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Chapter 1

In the First Chapter, Westover describes a memory of a story told by her father when she was only five years old. Westover, together with her broth...

Chapter 2

Westover provides the story about a midwife who had come to their home to pick some herbs from her mother, who was to be her assistant. Some of the...

Chapter 3

In Chapter Three, Westover talks about the life of her mother, Faye. The author points out that her mother was the daughter of a mailman. Faye grew...

Chapter 4

In the chapter, Westover talks of the ingenious decision that her mother made when her father was facing death. Earlier on, her father had promised...

Chapter 5

This chapter discusses a conversation that Westover’s father had with his family. It was only a month after an accident he had at the junkyard, a...

Chapter 6

In Chapter Six, Westover recalls how her family got smaller as some of her siblings started living on their own. Despite their father’s objection...

Chapter 7

Westover describes a rainless summer day in which Luke, her brother, fell following an explosion which left his leg injured. On that particular day...

Chapter 8

In Chapter Eight, Westover details her efforts to find work so that she could live a good life and help her family get out of the stressful financi...

Chapter 9

Chapter Nine describes events that occurred in 1999, a year in which Westover’s father always said that the world would come to an end as it was ...

Chapter 10

Right from the beginning of this chapter, the author presents the disappointment that her father had when it dawned on him that January 1st, 2000 h...

Chapter 11

Westover recalls an experience she had with her brother in Arizona as they tried to tame wild horses that their grandfather had set loose many year...

Chapter 12

Chapter Twelve recounts a time when Westover stayed with her brother Shawn in Albuquerque, New Mexico and learned more about how to deal with her f...

Chapter 13

In Chapter Thirteen, Westover provides an account of the events of September 11, 2001, following the attack on the World Trade Center in New York C...

Chapter 14

In the chapter, Westover states that in October of 2001, her father won a contract to construct modern granaries in Malad City. “It was a big job...

Chapter 15

By the winter of 2001, Westover’s income had grown to the point that she had attained a level of independence. While listening to her father test...

Chapter 16

In Chapter Sixteen, Westover provides an account of an altercation that took place between her father and Shawn. Her father shouted at Shawn tellin...

Chapter 17

In this chapter, the author details what she regards as a new phase in her life. Westover states, “On New Year’s Day, Mother drove me to my new...

Chapter 18

In this chapter, Westover discusses some distance that grew between her and her roommates, Mary and Shannon, as a result of differences in backgrou...

Chapter 19

This chapter starts with the author’s return to Buck’s Peak from Brigham Young University (BYU) at the end of the semester. Westover was ready ...

Chapter 20

In Chapter Twenty, Westover provides information regarding Charles, a friend she had met in her neighborhood in Idaho. She indicates that he was th...

Chapter 21

This chapter recounts events right before Westover returned to BYU. Westover’s father paid her for the work she had done at the junkyard, and alt...

Chapter 22

Westover provides insights into several events which took place at her family’s home right after she had visited the home of Charles. She climbed...

Chapter 23

This chapter recounts the experiences that Westover had after returning to BYU (Brigham Young University). A man from Church asked her out for dinn...

Chapter 24

In Chapter Twenty-Four, Westover discusses the savings that she had managed to amass over time. She had managed to save up to a thousand dollars in...

Chapter 25

This chapter starts with a reflection on a story about Westover’s grandfather which she was told when she was still young. The story was about, ...

Chapter 26

In this chapter, Westover opens up about her father’s sickness after being a victim of an explosion in the junkyard. Her father could not leave h...

Chapter 27

Westover shares the reasons why she joined BYU to study music. One main reason was that she wanted to gain the skills for directing a church choir....

Chapter 28

In this chapter, Westover recounts her experiences at King’s College, Cambridge where she had gone to study a short course. She recalls being sur...

Chapter 29

After completing the short course program at Cambridge, Westover went back to BYU to continue with her studies. She states that “Campus looked th...

Chapter 30

The chapter illustrates the experiences that Westover had at Trinity College of Cambridge University where she had gone to study a Master of Philos...

Chapter 31

Westover had gone back to Arizona for a vacation and was about to fly back to England. The day before traveling back to England, she drove to the m...

Chapter 32

The chapter details the experience that Westover had while visiting Buck’s Peak Idaho to see her grandmother. “It was autumn and Grandma-down-t...

Chapter 33

Following her grandmother’s death, Westover stayed at Buck’s Peak for about a week, despite Audrey’s efforts to keep her sister longer. “On...

Chapter 34

In this chapter, Westover recounts the interaction she had with her father when he visited her in England, and she complained to him about Shawn’...

Chapter 35

After falling out with both her father and brother, Westover felt threatened going home to the mountain. In fact, she had to flee the mountain alto...

Chapter 36

In the chapter, Westover recalls events that took place during a September afternoon at Harvard University. “It was a sunny September afternoon w...

Chapter 37

In this chapter, Westover recounts an evening when a person was screaming so loudly they woke her up from her sleep. The night seemed different fro...

Chapter 38

In this chapter, Westover explains that she was failing her Ph.D and was contemplating how to tell her lecturer supervisor, Dr. Runciman. Thought D...

Chapter 39

In this chapter, Westover recounts the experiences she had in the Spring season after quitting her Ph.D. Her goal at the time was to reflect upon h...

Chapter 40

In the final chapter of the memoir, Westover reflects on her past experiences. She states that when she was a child, she waited for her mind to gro...

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