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Book Review: Lab Girl

 

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It is such a pleasure to watch a TV show and see the crew get the “tech stuff” right. The TV series Mr. Robot is a great example of showing glimpses of real life hacker tools used for break-ins. Author Hope Jahren has done the equivalent for botany in her new book “Lab Girl“. Hope has built three laboratories to study seeds, soils, flowers and trees. She teaches us how to love her work by summarizing a lifetime of events into a clean narrative. We get to see the inside of elite University Laboratories and investigate exotic remote sites with Hope’s personal stories tying it all together.  This is definitely the book to give any high school student that has an interest in the sciences.

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Reviews via Amazon:

Lab Girl made me look at trees differently. It compelled me to ponder the astonishing grace and gumption of a seed. Perhaps most importantly, it introduced me to a deeply inspiring woman—a scientist so passionate about her work I felt myself vividly with her on every page. This is a smart, enthralling, and winning debut.” —Cheryl Strayed [author of Wild]

“[An] engrossing story of [Jahren’s] love of science and of the adventures she has while pursuing her hunches and hypotheses. . . . Lab Girl instills the reader with an appreciation for botany as well as for scientific discovery. . . . [Jahren] intersperses her memoir with brief, seductive chapters about the remarkable abilities and life cycle of plants. . . . Jahren’s rich language encourages readers to give taken-for-granted greenery a second look. . . . She candidly discusses the gritty details of it all, and it is this honest behind-the-scenes depiction of what a scientific life is actually like that makes her book stand out.” —The Guardian 


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