Lab Girl

By: Hope Jahren

This memoir of Hope Jahren's life as a scientist—filled with research trips around the United States and the world—is also a revelatory book about plant life. Appendix. Bibliography.

ISBN: 9781101874936

JLG Release: Jun 2016


Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Clinical discussion of monkey genitalia
Topics: Hope Jahren (1969- ) , Biologists , Biographies , Geobiology , Botany

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Awards & Honors

The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Nonfiction
The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2016, Nonfiction
Booklist 2016 Top 10 Books for Adults, Science
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, Memoir
Goodreads Choice Awards 2016, Memoir & Autobiography
National Public Radio’s Guide to 2016 Great Reads
2017 PEN America/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Finalist
2017 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize Finalist, Young Adult
Los Angeles Public Library, Best of 2016: Nonfiction
National Book Critics Circle 2016 Finalist, Autobiography
Indies Choice Book Awards 2017 Book of the Year Finalist, Adult Debut
2017 Pen America Literary Awards Longlist
Shelf Awarness 2016 Best Books of the Year, Adult Nonfiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*

Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Jahren’s first book is a refreshing mix of memoir about her journey as a woman scientist and musings about plants, the central focus of her successful scientific endeavors. What’s most refreshing is the author’s openness about her relationship and collaboration with research partner Bill. Over the cours
[STARRED REVIEW]
Jahren’s first book is a refreshing mix of memoir about her journey as a woman scientist and musings about plants, the central focus of her successful scientific endeavors. What’s most refreshing is the author’s openness about her relationship and collaboration with research partner Bill. Over the course of 20 years their field treks take them to the North Pole, the back roads of Florida, and Ireland’s countryside. Meanwhile they build three labs, including their current one at the University of Hawaii. At times funny and at other points poignant, this work expresses Jahren’s passion for paleobiology—her subdiscipline within environmental geology—through her insights into plant life and growth. She skillfully ties this knowledge to her own life stories and successfully conveys the dedication required to build and sustain a research agenda and the requisite lab at any major U.S. research institution. VERDICT This title should be required reading for all budding scientists, especially young women. However, being a scientist is not essential in order to savor Jahren’s stories and reflections on living as well as fossil plant life.—Faye Chadwell, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis

Book Details

ISBN

9781101874936

First Release

June 2016

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

570.92

Trim Size

6 1/4" x 9 1/4"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 8; Points: 18;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 1240L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Knopf

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Clinical discussion of monkey genitalia

Topics

Hope Jahren (1969- ), Biologists, Biographies, Geobiology, Botany,

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