Lab Girl

Lab Girl

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she?s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life?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 Jahren?s stories: about her childhood in rural Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she?s studied trees, flowers, seeds, an...

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Title:Lab Girl
Author:Hope Jahren
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Number of Pages:290 pages pages

Lab Girl Reviews

  • David
    May 04, 2017

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

  • JanB
    Jan 19, 2017

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

    This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of being an academic and researcher, and a ...

    Hope Jahren's memoir is a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a successful research scientist in America today. She writes of the struggle to establish herself in a male-dominated world and the constant fight for recognition of ideas that don't fit in with the conventional vie...

    A strange book, for sure. There's mention of Hope's schooling, her family, her friendship with Bill over 20+ years, her husband, her son, some interesting details of plants and trees, her labs.....but nothing about her work, research, lectures, scientific presentations, etc. Although t...

    The book is not bad, it is OK. It spreads itself thin. It is an autobiography of one specific woman, a woman both ordinary and exceptional. The book depicts the life of a female botanical research scientist at the turn of the 21st century, a central issue being the difficulty in at...

    What a shame this utterly amazing book has such a lame title. My advice is to forget the title and read the book. Jahren, a three-time Fulbright winner, has written a reader-friendly, relationship-centered sequence of stories about her experience as a paleobotany researcher. There ...

    My first thoughts, this book is in a word, odd. It is a memoir written by a bipolar paleobiologist and her Asperger?s like, one-handed best friend/lab assistant. They stumble through the US and Europe trying to do good science. The book is about three things. 1. Science: we learn...

    I waited for a long time to read this book even though it came highly recommended from several scientists. I was skeptical about the title. And while I am not a scientist by profession, I did train as an undergrad and earn a BS. The thing about scientists is we are very territorial. I ...

    I finished this memoir a few days ago and in trying to get my thoughts together for a review, I read what my GR friends said about the book, and I realized it's all been said and said so much better and eloquently than I could. So I'll just say I loved it. I listened to the audioboo...

  • Diane
    Feb 22, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

  • Elyse
    Jan 19, 2017

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

  • Chrissie
    Dec 18, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

    This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of being an academic and researcher, and a ...

    Hope Jahren's memoir is a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a successful research scientist in America today. She writes of the struggle to establish herself in a male-dominated world and the constant fight for recognition of ideas that don't fit in with the conventional vie...

    A strange book, for sure. There's mention of Hope's schooling, her family, her friendship with Bill over 20+ years, her husband, her son, some interesting details of plants and trees, her labs.....but nothing about her work, research, lectures, scientific presentations, etc. Although t...

    The book is not bad, it is OK. It spreads itself thin. It is an autobiography of one specific woman, a woman both ordinary and exceptional. The book depicts the life of a female botanical research scientist at the turn of the 21st century, a central issue being the difficulty in at...

  • Will Byrnes
    Dec 15, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Apr 30, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

  • Petra
    Dec 29, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

    This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of being an academic and researcher, and a ...

    Hope Jahren's memoir is a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a successful research scientist in America today. She writes of the struggle to establish herself in a male-dominated world and the constant fight for recognition of ideas that don't fit in with the conventional vie...

    A strange book, for sure. There's mention of Hope's schooling, her family, her friendship with Bill over 20+ years, her husband, her son, some interesting details of plants and trees, her labs.....but nothing about her work, research, lectures, scientific presentations, etc. Although t...

  • Snotchocheez
    Dec 06, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

  • Mara
    Jun 20, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

  • Iris P
    Apr 09, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

  • Esil
    Apr 13, 2017

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

  • Michael
    Mar 16, 2017

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 15, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

  • Jessica Woodbury
    Oct 21, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

    This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of being an academic and researcher, and a ...

    Hope Jahren's memoir is a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a successful research scientist in America today. She writes of the struggle to establish herself in a male-dominated world and the constant fight for recognition of ideas that don't fit in with the conventional vie...

    A strange book, for sure. There's mention of Hope's schooling, her family, her friendship with Bill over 20+ years, her husband, her son, some interesting details of plants and trees, her labs.....but nothing about her work, research, lectures, scientific presentations, etc. Although t...

    The book is not bad, it is OK. It spreads itself thin. It is an autobiography of one specific woman, a woman both ordinary and exceptional. The book depicts the life of a female botanical research scientist at the turn of the 21st century, a central issue being the difficulty in at...

    What a shame this utterly amazing book has such a lame title. My advice is to forget the title and read the book. Jahren, a three-time Fulbright winner, has written a reader-friendly, relationship-centered sequence of stories about her experience as a paleobotany researcher. There ...

    My first thoughts, this book is in a word, odd. It is a memoir written by a bipolar paleobiologist and her Asperger?s like, one-handed best friend/lab assistant. They stumble through the US and Europe trying to do good science. The book is about three things. 1. Science: we learn...

    I waited for a long time to read this book even though it came highly recommended from several scientists. I was skeptical about the title. And while I am not a scientist by profession, I did train as an undergrad and earn a BS. The thing about scientists is we are very territorial. I ...

  • Joseph
    Apr 12, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

  • L.A. Starks
    Oct 05, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

    This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of being an academic and researcher, and a ...

    Hope Jahren's memoir is a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a successful research scientist in America today. She writes of the struggle to establish herself in a male-dominated world and the constant fight for recognition of ideas that don't fit in with the conventional vie...

    A strange book, for sure. There's mention of Hope's schooling, her family, her friendship with Bill over 20+ years, her husband, her son, some interesting details of plants and trees, her labs.....but nothing about her work, research, lectures, scientific presentations, etc. Although t...

    The book is not bad, it is OK. It spreads itself thin. It is an autobiography of one specific woman, a woman both ordinary and exceptional. The book depicts the life of a female botanical research scientist at the turn of the 21st century, a central issue being the difficulty in at...

    What a shame this utterly amazing book has such a lame title. My advice is to forget the title and read the book. Jahren, a three-time Fulbright winner, has written a reader-friendly, relationship-centered sequence of stories about her experience as a paleobotany researcher. There ...

  • Connie
    Apr 22, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Oct 26, 2015

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

  • Caroline
    Mar 30, 2018

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

    This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of being an academic and researcher, and a ...

  • Kim
    Dec 20, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Nov 16, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

  • Lynn
    Apr 26, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

    This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of being an academic and researcher, and a ...

    Hope Jahren's memoir is a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a successful research scientist in America today. She writes of the struggle to establish herself in a male-dominated world and the constant fight for recognition of ideas that don't fit in with the conventional vie...

    A strange book, for sure. There's mention of Hope's schooling, her family, her friendship with Bill over 20+ years, her husband, her son, some interesting details of plants and trees, her labs.....but nothing about her work, research, lectures, scientific presentations, etc. Although t...

    The book is not bad, it is OK. It spreads itself thin. It is an autobiography of one specific woman, a woman both ordinary and exceptional. The book depicts the life of a female botanical research scientist at the turn of the 21st century, a central issue being the difficulty in at...

    What a shame this utterly amazing book has such a lame title. My advice is to forget the title and read the book. Jahren, a three-time Fulbright winner, has written a reader-friendly, relationship-centered sequence of stories about her experience as a paleobotany researcher. There ...

    My first thoughts, this book is in a word, odd. It is a memoir written by a bipolar paleobiologist and her Asperger?s like, one-handed best friend/lab assistant. They stumble through the US and Europe trying to do good science. The book is about three things. 1. Science: we learn...

  • Debbie "DJ"
    May 06, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

  • Lola
    Jul 19, 2018

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

  • Olive (abookolive)
    May 20, 2018

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

  • Perri
    Mar 02, 2018

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

    This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of being an academic and researcher, and a ...

    Hope Jahren's memoir is a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a successful research scientist in America today. She writes of the struggle to establish herself in a male-dominated world and the constant fight for recognition of ideas that don't fit in with the conventional vie...

    A strange book, for sure. There's mention of Hope's schooling, her family, her friendship with Bill over 20+ years, her husband, her son, some interesting details of plants and trees, her labs.....but nothing about her work, research, lectures, scientific presentations, etc. Although t...

    The book is not bad, it is OK. It spreads itself thin. It is an autobiography of one specific woman, a woman both ordinary and exceptional. The book depicts the life of a female botanical research scientist at the turn of the 21st century, a central issue being the difficulty in at...

    What a shame this utterly amazing book has such a lame title. My advice is to forget the title and read the book. Jahren, a three-time Fulbright winner, has written a reader-friendly, relationship-centered sequence of stories about her experience as a paleobotany researcher. There ...

    My first thoughts, this book is in a word, odd. It is a memoir written by a bipolar paleobiologist and her Asperger?s like, one-handed best friend/lab assistant. They stumble through the US and Europe trying to do good science. The book is about three things. 1. Science: we learn...

    I waited for a long time to read this book even though it came highly recommended from several scientists. I was skeptical about the title. And while I am not a scientist by profession, I did train as an undergrad and earn a BS. The thing about scientists is we are very territorial. I ...

    I finished this memoir a few days ago and in trying to get my thoughts together for a review, I read what my GR friends said about the book, and I realized it's all been said and said so much better and eloquently than I could. So I'll just say I loved it. I listened to the audioboo...

    Firstly i want to thank Elyse for recommending this book and letting me have a chance to read it :) Hope firstly began with her childhood and then suddenly make a jumb to her recent life (to introduce herself but kept it short) in lab with Bill (of course they can't be thought apart...

    I love a book that educates me in a non-painful way. Jahren alternates chapters between her journey as a scientist and her knowledge and passion for botany. Of special interest to me was reading about the difficulties she faced especially as a Research Botanist. Some readers in my book...

  • Carolyn
    Dec 06, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

    This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of being an academic and researcher, and a ...

    Hope Jahren's memoir is a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a successful research scientist in America today. She writes of the struggle to establish herself in a male-dominated world and the constant fight for recognition of ideas that don't fit in with the conventional vie...

  • Guy Austin
    Mar 29, 2016

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

  • Nisa
    Feb 20, 2017

    Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life. While it may be a beautiful life in many ways, it has not been an easy one. Anne Hope Jahren is a geobiologist curre...

    I love "Lab Girl".....love, love, love, LOVE this book!!!!!! I have a new crush on 'both' Hope Jahren, ( Geochemist and author of "Lab Girl), and Hope's lab partner, Bill!!! I'm moved - inspired - speechless - breathless- ( teary-eyed throughout this entire reading experience). ...

    So yesterday, I had to take down a smaller tree in my yard. I knew what was happening as I pulled on the root, seeing the main taproot, the one my tree had grown straight down and spent it's lifetime trying to maintain. Then came the side roots, the ones put out for stability, called r...

    A high 4 stars. I can't possibly describe what Lab Girl is about or review it with any linearity, because this is a tangled web of strands of memoir, natural history, philosophical musings and random thoughts. Here are my own thoughts in no particular order: -This is an ode to trees...

    No 300-page book should have an audiobook lasting 12 hours. There was no need for the author to pause for two seconds after every sentence. That being said, this was a unique, meaningful and informative memoir. I didn?t care much for the scientific facts, but I sure enjoyed the passi...

    3.5 When I first started reading this I was more interested in the chapters, which alternated with her personal story, on the trees and plants. That changed though as I read on. Loved her story too, her beginning passion for the sciences, her childhood and going with her dad to his lab...

    I am not a scientist, but I loved this memoir about science. Hope Jahren is a botanist who is passionate about her field. Lab Girl is a beautifully written book about her life ? her childhood in Minnesota with taciturn parents; how she developed a love of trees and plants; her ear...

    Lab Girl ????? 5 Stars!! I think something really special happens when a scientist has the ability to use the written word to successfully communicate and explain to the rest of us what they do. It's like in Baseball when the pitcher also happens to be good at b...

    "For trees that live in the snow, winter is a journey. Plants do not travel through space as we do; as a rule they do not move from place to place. Instead they travel through time, enduring one event after the other, and in this sense, winter is a particularly long trip. Trees follow ...

    I found this in an Independent Book store one day, not by actually seeing the book, there was a note on a card attached to an empty shelf. It said, ?Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG WHILE ? Buy it!? So I asked where it was and the gal behind t...

    ?Because I am a female scientist, nobody knows what the hell I am, and it has given me the delicious freedom to make it up as I go along.? This memoir puts so many things together that it shouldn?t work, yet somehow ? delightfully ? does. With witty anecdotes and recreated di...

    A rare and emotionally engaging close-up look at the development and practice of science, its empowerment and challenges, and the ability of Hope Jahren to transform influences from her father and her questing personality into a successful career in fields that could be called eco-geol...

    Hope Jahren is a paleo-botanist. She studies growing plants as well as ancient ones. She has been working as a scientist her entire life, and her dedication to the profession shines through every single page of this book. Chapters about her own life alternate with chapters about bot...

    4 stars Didn't expect to like this, despite the handful of glowing reviews from my friends. (For some reason I thought this was going to be a plant-centric H is For Hawk, which was okay, but not a book I'd care to revisit.) Hope Jahren's lovely affirmation to the scientific world, ...

    I really wish Dr. Jahren had confined herself to talking about her work, which was interesting and inspiring. The rest of the book, especially the personal aspects, was tedious and full of endless whining. In my experience (having worked in R&D for over 25 years) women are judged o...

    My god am I a sucker for an emotionally resonant and movingly written literary memoir. ...

    Clue 1. Happy, exuberant state. Clue 2. Read 290 pages in one sitting. Clue 3. Desire to tell everyone about book. Clue 4. No interest in picking up another book until euphoria subsides. Analysis? Yes, I read a fabulous book today. Hope Jahren combines the stories of her life...

    This is less a review than it is a caveat: My experience of ?reading? the book was really more of a two star affair? however, I listened to it, and feel pretty confident that I would have enjoyed it more in the written word. The author reads the book herself, and during the parts...

    Hope Jahren's love of science comes through loud and clear in her memoir. She grew up in a rural Minnesota home where there was not much family interaction. The highlight of her day as a child was spending the afternoon in her father's science lab at the local community college. Jahren...

    Full disclosure: I knew Hope in high school, lost touch after graduation and reconnected 20+ years later (see? it's possible for good to come of Facebook!), so I'm not going to even pretend to be objective. But if were to pretend, I might point out that this book is about trees and ...

    This book is both wonderful and idiosyncratic; I found it full of surprises. It's a mixture of various aspects of Hope Jahren's life. In different parts it is the author's life story, a description of a deep and unusual friendship, the trials of being an academic and researcher, and a ...

    Hope Jahren's memoir is a fascinating insight into what it takes to be a successful research scientist in America today. She writes of the struggle to establish herself in a male-dominated world and the constant fight for recognition of ideas that don't fit in with the conventional vie...

    A strange book, for sure. There's mention of Hope's schooling, her family, her friendship with Bill over 20+ years, her husband, her son, some interesting details of plants and trees, her labs.....but nothing about her work, research, lectures, scientific presentations, etc. Although t...

    The book is not bad, it is OK. It spreads itself thin. It is an autobiography of one specific woman, a woman both ordinary and exceptional. The book depicts the life of a female botanical research scientist at the turn of the 21st century, a central issue being the difficulty in at...

    What a shame this utterly amazing book has such a lame title. My advice is to forget the title and read the book. Jahren, a three-time Fulbright winner, has written a reader-friendly, relationship-centered sequence of stories about her experience as a paleobotany researcher. There ...

    My first thoughts, this book is in a word, odd. It is a memoir written by a bipolar paleobiologist and her Asperger?s like, one-handed best friend/lab assistant. They stumble through the US and Europe trying to do good science. The book is about three things. 1. Science: we learn...

    I waited for a long time to read this book even though it came highly recommended from several scientists. I was skeptical about the title. And while I am not a scientist by profession, I did train as an undergrad and earn a BS. The thing about scientists is we are very territorial. I ...

    I finished this memoir a few days ago and in trying to get my thoughts together for a review, I read what my GR friends said about the book, and I realized it's all been said and said so much better and eloquently than I could. So I'll just say I loved it. I listened to the audioboo...

    Firstly i want to thank Elyse for recommending this book and letting me have a chance to read it :) Hope firstly began with her childhood and then suddenly make a jumb to her recent life (to introduce herself but kept it short) in lab with Bill (of course they can't be thought apart...