Tara Westover

Tara Westover

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author; Memoirist

Monday, September 20, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Tara Westover is an American memoirist, essayist and historian. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Subsequently she pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008. She received an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009 and in 2014 was awarded a PhD in history.
In 2018, she published her memoir, Educated, which explores her struggle to reconcile her desire for education and autonomy with her desire to be loyal to her family. Educated was an instant commercial and critical success, debuting at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and remaining on the list for more than two years. It was also a finalist for a number of national awards, including the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The New York Times named Educated one of the 10 Best Books of 2018, and the American Booksellers Association voted it the Nonfiction Book of the Year. Westover was chosen by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2019. Westover is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.