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Educated: A Memoir

Educated: A Memoir

作者 : Tara Westover

出版社 : Penguin Random House LLC

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定價 : NT 595

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「我們都過度照護那些受過完整教育的人,卻忽略了其他躲藏於角落的人們。」─《絕望者之歌:一個美國白人家族的悲劇與重生》作者傑德‧凡斯
「令人揪心卻又充滿無限啟發的作品。」─《虎媽的戰歌》作者蔡美兒

Tara Westover終於在她17歲時正式踏進學校接受教育。生於愛達荷州與世隔絕的深山中,為了迎接末日來臨的一天,她堆存了大量的食品罐頭,和急救求生包睡在一塊。每到夏日她為自稱是產婆及醫師的母親燉煮草藥,冬日則到父親的回收場做資源回收。

Tara的父親極度不信任醫療機構,導致她從未見過任何真正的醫生及護士。每當身上有了傷口,即使是腦震盪或是嚴重燒傷,都是透過父母使用草藥治療。從出生後就徹底與世隔絕,所以Tara家中的小孩沒有任何人接受過正規的教育,也因此造成她的哥哥成為一個極度暴力之人。

直到Tara另一位剛從大學畢業的哥哥返家,她決定嘗試展開一段不一樣的人生。她開始自學數學、文法及科學,並順利通過美國大學入學測驗,因而進入楊百翰大學。Tara攻讀心理學、政治學、哲學和歷史,學習到世界曾經發生的重大事件,例如大屠殺和民權運動等。教育和知識徹底改變了她的人生,帶領她穿越世界角落。

Tara的故事描繪一段人生旅程的自我探索,也探討一段與你最親近的家人脫離關係所帶來的哀傷與對家人的背叛。透過尖銳的文字敘述,教育將如何帶領一個人改變與成長。

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 University

"Tara's story will find a place alongside modern classic memoirs like Wild and The Glass Castle. It's that special."--Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire

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 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 ties with those closest to you. 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 shines a light on a part of our country that we too often overlook."--J. D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy

"Breathtaking, heart-wrenching, inspirational--I've never read anything like this."--Amy Chua, Yale law professor and author of Political Tribes and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
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