Thorndike Press

Lab Girl

  • Hope Jahren
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  • ISBN-10: 1410490785
  • ISBN-13: 9781410490780
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.30 lbs ( .59 kgs)
  • 514 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released July 2016

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Overview

A New York Times Bestseller
A Midwest Connections Pick
A National Bestseller
Named one of Time magazine’s "100 Most Influential People"
A Time and Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016 So Far

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 remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

"Darkly humorous, emotionally raw, and exquisitely crafted . . . For Jahren, a life in science yields the gratification of asking, knowing, and telling; for the reader, the joy is in hearing about the process as much as the results."

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Award-winning scientist Jahren delivers a personal memoir and a paean to the natural world. The author’s tenacity, hope, and gratitude are all evident as she and Bill chase the sweetness of discovery in the face of the harsh economic realities of the research scientist. Jahren transcends both memoir and science writing in this literary fusion of both genres."

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)