Lab Girl
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Lab Girl

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Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more.

Lab Girl
is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

Title:Lab Girl
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1101874937
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:290 pages

    Lab Girl Reviews

  • Will Byrnes
    Dec 15, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful li...

  • Elyse
    Jan 19, 2017

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!!I'm moved - inspired - spee...

  • Debbie
    May 06, 2016

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime ...

  • Diane S ?
    Jan 15, 2016

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, h...

  • Diane
    Feb 22, 2016

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science.Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life — her childhood in Minn...

  • Esil
    Apr 13, 2017

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random ...

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Nov 16, 2016

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Oct 26, 2015

    “Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.” This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn...

  • Guy Austin
    Mar 29, 2016

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, “Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE RE...

  • Iris P
    Feb 04, 2017

    Lab Girl★★★★ 4 Stars I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and clearly explain to the rest of us what th...

About Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren

HOPE JAHREN is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at UC Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of