Title: Lab Girl
Authors: Jahren, Hope
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 369
Year: 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown
Language: English
Description: Hope Jahren is perfectly described by the title 'lab girl': as a child it was her father's lab in a community college in Minnesota, followed by university labs, and then, the pinnacle of success, her own research laboratory. Passionate about the world of science, especially plants, seeds and soil, this award-winning paleobiologist turns her remarkable talents to candidly telling the story of both her professional and personal journeys.

From her adventures in fieldwork in the American West, North Pole, Ireland and Hawaii, through to the struggle for funding and the particular challenges of being a woman in science, this unconventional story is a dazzling blend of memoir and very readable science.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"An extremely well-written book, a real page turner."

"A 'must read' book, I loved it so much I bought my own copy."

"The reader is carried along by Jahren's passion for science. She explains her searches and theories in a language we can understand and we marvel at the brilliance of her brain."

"Lots of lovely throw-away humour throughout the book."

"The book employs a strategy of alternating chapters, one of her personal journey and reflections on this, and the next an exploration of some aspect of plant life and history."

"Jahren writes easy and clearly, making science accessible. She makes the science chapters relatively short so the reader doesn't get submerged in too much scientific detail."

"She comes across as a rather appealing person, slightly eccentric but very honest and engaging."

"I think this book is a must-read for anyone with environmental concerns. Her insights into nature are among the best and most readable I have encountered."

"I think anyone interested in trees, science and ecology will enjoy this book. It's quite different - really interesting scientific information presented in a reader-friendly way."

"Fascinating facts about plants and trees. Easy to follow for a lay-person."

"The way research is conducted is an eye-opener to a non-scientist. I didn't enjoy the personal side of the book so much."
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Environmental, Science & Technology, America, 2020 Titles


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