Lab Girl

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Love, work, and plant life are the main themes of this book by acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren. She writes about her childhood years in Minnesota, where her father encouraged her to play in classroom labs, about how she learned to put in both her heart and her hands in science and about the ups and downs that accompany scientists everywhere.

What makes this book stand out?

Its appreciation for the odd, the absurd, its humor and the juxtaposition of plants against humans. A brilliant read.

Read it for

A brilliant account into the life of a scientist, her failures and successes and her travels and adventures with her best friend, Bill.

Don't read it for

The book does not completely acknowledge the struggle many smaller labs go through to find funding. It might also not bode well for people who don’t have a scientific bend of mind.

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