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Lab Girl

de Hope Jahren

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Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. She tells 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 the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them 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.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 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. Jahren's probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. "Lab Girl" opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be. -- Publisher description.… (mais)
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Lab Girl
By Hope Jahren

A delightfully unique memoir of a woman of science

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SUMMARY
Hope Jahren practically grew up in her father’s laboratory. She is now an award-winning scientist pursuing research on trees, flowers, seeds and soil since 1996. Lab Girl is Hope’s life story and as well as a tribute to the plants and trees that have piqued her curiosity over the years.

Hope introduces us to Bill, her long time and eccentric lab partner, who has been with her ever since she completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkley. Bill assisted bu helping her build three different labs, one at Georgia Institute of Technology, one at John Hopkins University and the third at the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu. She is now holds a Professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.

“My true potential has more to do with my willingness to struggle than with my past and present circumstances.“

“People don't know to make a leaf, but they know how to destroy one.”

REVIEW
Lab Girl is a delightfully unique memoir of Hope Jehren, a woman of science. Her story is creatively told in three parts representing the different phases of her life; her roots and leaves, her wood and knots and her flowers and fruit. Within each part, chapters alternate between her life story and her research story.

Jahren reveals the struggles and roadblocks she encountered as a female scientist. It’s a poignant, thoughtful and moving chronicle of dedication and perseverance. Jahren recalls being told that because she was a women she couldn’t scientist, but she did it anyway.

Her stories are highly entertaining and amuzing. Written from the heart, Lab Girl is both lyrical and honest. Anyone who has ever looked at a tree in wonder or amazement will appreciate this book.

“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. It has also convinced me that carefully writing everything down is the only real defense we have against forgetting something important that once was and is no more, including the spruce tree that should have outlived me but did not.”

Publisher Vintage Books
Published April 5, 2016
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  LisaSHarvey | Mar 21, 2021 |
Funny, sad, deep, outrageous, quirky, Hope Jahren gives us quite a book. The prolog made me want to read more, chapter one had me from the start, and the stories and the science got better from there.
Every other chapter is about plants. They are usually the shorter chapters, but most are rhapsodic. The other chapters tell Jahren's story, from growing up in her father's community college laboratory and helping her mother in their Minnesota garden, through college, jobs, becoming a research geobiologist, a mother, and here, an author.
She writes humorously, even when discussing sexism, mental disturbances, car wrecks or failed experiments.
This is a book about doing science, and tells what scientists do better than most anything else I've seen.
Her second book, The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here, is a good read for both climate change deniers and climate alarmists. ( )
  mykl-s | Mar 2, 2021 |
The connection between a growing tree and growing as a human, woman, scientist is nicely done. The attention to scientific details, showing the patience that goes into research is worth making this book a required reading for all students who want to move into engineering or medical professions. Finally, the honesty with which she describes the problems, depression she has been facing as a female scientist is admirable -- please read this book! ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
I have never read a book like this mixing science and memoir. I absolutely loved it. You should try to hear Jahren in the audio book because her voice gives the content so much drama and import. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
This was a neat little memoir written by a female scientist. The personal chapters alternate with chapters about various plants and trees. The topic is not something that I would have picked for myself, but it is highly readable and quite funny in some anecdotes. We definitely need more books by and about women in the sciences, and I am looking forward to sharing this one with the high schoolers.

I won this ARC in a goodreads giveaway! ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
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With “Lab Girl,” Jahren has taken the form of the memoir and done something remarkable with it. She’s made the experience of reading the book mimic her own lived experience in a way that few writers are capable of.

She swerves from observations about plant life (“A cactus doesn’t live in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn’t killed it yet”) to a report from the interior of her tortured brain (“Full-blown mania lets you see the other side of death”) to adventures on the road with Bill (“ ‘Do you really think this is illegal?’ I asked Bill over the CB radio.”) — and somehow, it all works, because the structure and the language follow the story.
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Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. She tells 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 the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them 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.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 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. Jahren's probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. "Lab Girl" opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be. -- Publisher description.

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