Lab Girl
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Lab Girl


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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:290 pages

    Lab Girl Reviews

  • Will Byrnes
    Dec 21, 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 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
    Jul 30, 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 ?
    Feb 20, 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
    Aug 01, 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...

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Nov 27, 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
    May 24, 2016

    ?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
    Jul 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...

  • Snotchocheez
    Dec 07, 2016

    4 starsDidn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a boo...

  • Connie
    Dec 10, 2016

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spe...