On Sale: April 5, 2016
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National Best Seller
Named One of TIME magazineâ€™s "100 Most Influential People"
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
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories
in which sheâ€™s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her
first book is a revelatory treatise on plant lifeâ€”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 Jahrenâ€™s remarkable stories: about her childhood in
rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father
who encouraged hours of play in his classroomâ€™s labs; about
how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform
lab work done â€świth both the heart and the handsâ€ť; 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.
Jahrenâ€™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.
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