Memoirs & Bios Winner: Educated

What would you give up for an education? Would you give up your family? Tara Westover never wanted to make that choice, yet the more she learned about the wider world beyond her sheltered upbringing in an eccentric Idaho family, the more that choice became inevitable. It’s so easy to get swept up in the more sensational aspects of Westover’s story—the physical danger that swirled around her daily life at home, how she became a Harvard-educated PhD without any formal childhood schooling—but the reason I lived and breathed nothing but this memoir until I’d listened to every last minute (just ask my colleagues who saw me listening to it in the cafeteria!) is her compassionate insight into what it means to lose a family you love because the gulf between your worlds has grown too wide. —Rachel, Audible Editor