Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 5, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist.
"Does for botany what Oliver Sacks’s essays did for neurology, what Stephen Jay Gould’s writings did for paleontology.” —The New York Times
In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment.
Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.
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Hope Jahren earned a PhD in soil science and has spent her career studying trees, fossil forests, and other natural phenomena. This memoir combines nature writing and personal narrative, with emphasis ... Read full review
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I listened to the audio version of this book, with the author as narrator, and loved it. At first I was a little put off on how emotional she became while reading, but as the story progressed I ... Read full review
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