Lab Girl
  • Lab Girl
  • Lab Girl
ISBN: 1101873728
EAN13: 9781101873724
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 28, 2017
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 7.92" H x 5.16" L x 0.6" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography
A New York Times 2016 Notable Book
National Best Seller
Named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People
An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016
A Washington Post Best Memoir of 2016
A TIME and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016

A beautifully written memoir about the life of a woman in science, a brilliant friendship, and the profundity of trees. Terrific. --Barack Obama

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world

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 remarkable 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 Read More chevron_right

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   Brilliant memoir
I absolutely love this book. I think it is one of my favorites. I love the structure of it, the way the chapters switch off between biology and the author's life. It would be impossible to read this and not learn something about the world around you and maybe something about yourself, Raymond said.
   College- bound lab girl!
I purchased this book after seeing an interview with the author on TV. My 16 year old granddaughter is going to college next year and aspires to be a Biochemist! I, myself, was a biological science major and worked in several labs in co-op, and one after graduation. None were in the biological field, unfortunately, but I have the feeling that a lab is a lab, where women are concerned, and unless times have changed, our experiences in the 60s and 70s will be similar, Thibault said. I thought the book would have insights into the profession and culture, a heads up. I did not read the book, but gave it to her as a present. I hope she enjoys it, she was certainly intrigued by the gift, Melissa. She is mature and we have had grown-up conversations about most subjects, she said. I will let you know how she feels about the book.
   Deserves Amazon's pick as best book of the year so far
I had never heard of this book but decided to purchase it after seeing it top the list of Amazon's best books so far this year. The writing is wonderful and the story of what the author deals with in her daily life, which unfolds in the second half of the book, touched me deeply. I also enjoyed her passionate love of plants and all of the interesting facts she tells about them. This is by far the best memoir I have ever read. An amazing woman.
   Great book!
He speaks the truth and makes you laugh while explaining the plant life around you. Loved this book. Also highly recommend her other book, The Story of More. You will not be disappointed if you want to learn more about our planet and what it offers.
   Couldn’t Stand Her
Cannot imagine why this book was chosen for the “big read” book in 2020 except maybe because everything is so sad, so they thought it fit. The way she treated her lab partner, Bill, was atrocious. She had no qualms about him being homeless, desperate, or hungry. Her sense of "humor" was annoying - putting bad music on the radio on purpose, or harassing the nurses while in the hospital during her pregnancy are a couple of examples.
   So good!
I'm not a scientist nor have I done much reading relating to scientific topics, but this book was one of the best reads I've had in a long time. The author's use of the English language in describing plants was impressive. I already shared sections of the book with friends and co-workers.
   My new favorite book
It's hard to describe this book, and convey something sensical. It's a memoir, it has lots of facts about trees, and I loved every minute of it.
   The lives of trees, plants, soils, and a scientist
Wonderful writing style and teaches a variety of biological concepts adeptly and profoundly. Her memoir is interesting, if a bit too self-revealing. Best of the lovely treatise on the almostcan I say - sacredness and the complexity of plant life and their lives on earth. Good story of persistence and striving to accomplish a passion.
This book surprised me as I am not into science at all. I had heard good things about it and picked it up in the library, but I couldn't put it down. I purchased it as a present. The author tells her personal story of becoming a plant scientist as she weaves in chapters about plant and tree biology and our changing climate. The book is short, but the story is compelling. Anyone who loves to hike, be out in nature, explore the world, work in gardens, or enjoy science-based subjects would love this book.
   Terrific Book of Trees and Hope
This is a necessary book because it gives insight into what it means to be a scientist in a girl body. It's not so different from one in a boy body, but she is meant to feel different. An honest insight into what it means to grow as a young scientist and to love plants and trees. And I learned SO much about trees. I'll never think of them the same way. Minnesota is where Cullen was born and raised. She is real treasure from the land of 10,000 lakes. Everyone should read this book! It's great to be back home, said Blair.