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Lab Girl
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which shes studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant lifebut 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 Jahrens remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classrooms 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. Jahrens probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be. From the Hardcover edition.
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Vansa
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
🌷When i was around 5 years old,my parents took a lot of effort and got me 5 potted Rose plants to take care of-I soon lost interest and the weather didn't co-operate so they all died!Have only lived in cities after in flats,so no space for one!
🌹The tagged book isn't exactly about a specific garden but a spectacular book on plants and trees in general,and the research that goes on. Wonderful.

Eggs Book sounds great 👍🏼 3mo
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LaurenMags
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Mehso-so

Meh. It was okay. I liked hearing about her friendship with her lab partner Bill but the rest of the memoir really didn't catch my interest.

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haudgepaudge
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Inching my way through these chapters, paw in paw.

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kspenmoll
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Eggs Great cover! 5mo
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LibraryCin
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Mehso-so

I know most people loved this. I‘m waffling between good and ok. I liked the biography/memoir parts of the book. I found some (but not all) of the science interesting (my favourite science chapter was the one on desert plants.) Where I definitely lost interest was in the philosophical parts. She did tend to mix her science with philosophy. Too much philosophy my liking, anyway

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Soubhiville
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

I absolutely loved the poetic way Jahren writes about plant life. The beginning part in which she describes growing up in her Dad‘s laboratory made me laugh out loud. The many instances of “but don‘t try it.”

I found the parts about struggling to keep funding for her research disheartening. And of course reading about her struggles with depression too.

But really this was an incredible read, I‘m glad to have picked it up. #NonFictionNovember

wanderinglynn Sounds interesting 👍🏻 9mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I loved this book! 9mo
Addison_Reads This book is one of my favorites. 💚 9mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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1. I love tent camping but I want to get a Scamp.
2. Camp Lost Girl
3. The tagged book. I‘ll never look at a tree the same way again. Also Wild and A Walk in the Woods both made me want to try 🎒 camping/hiking.
4. Read what I want instead of just my bookclub 📚.
🏕 #litsysummercamp

ImperfectCJ A friend of mine has a Scamp that I covet. They go all over Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming with it and have such awesome adventures! Great to have you at camp this week! 12mo
TheAromaofBooks I also want a Scamp! They're SO adorable!! 12mo
MaleficentBookDragon @TheAromaofBooks I love them. If I put a deposit down now the wait is 22 months.😢 I‘m hoping to find a used one before then. 🤞 12mo
TheAromaofBooks My husband & I are slightly addicted to watching YouTube video tours of various tiny campers/trailers 😂 12mo
MaleficentBookDragon @TheAromaofBooks me too. I just watched one. 🤣 12mo
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Vansa
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94
📚 I've reread most of my Agatha Christie books,Enid Blyton books,Tolkien and Harry Potter books so many times! I read Julie James and Kresley Cole over and over again too,they're perfect to take your mind off things!
📚 It is, sometimes! To pick ARCs anyway!

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Addison_Reads
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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🌲 The Handmaid's Tale. One of my favorites.

🌲 I'm terrible about picking up books to read based on their covers.

🌲 love this book 💚

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TK-421
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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“Our world is falling apart quietly. Human civilization has reduced the plant, a four-million-year-old life form, into three things: food, medicine, and wood...” #plant #QuotsyJun21

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BlueStockingReviews
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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A delightfully unique memoir of a woman of science. Check out the full review! https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/post/lab-girl #readitloveit #findinggreatreads #bluestockingreviews

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KadeLexical
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

A beautiful book. Her passion for plants, heart wrenching portrayal of bipolar disorder and honest portrayal of pregnancy made for an incredible book. I fell in love with treesand the author.

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kspenmoll
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Cinfhen Ohhh, that book on Norte-Dam looks so interesting 😮and great choice for #CovidHeroes 2y
Cinfhen And Lab Girl was awesome 2y
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ElleSkel
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#booked2021 #LitsyAtoZ

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Larkken
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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@Andrew65 suggested we all name one of our favorite books from the last year each day for each of the 12 days of Christmas 🎄

Day 1: Jahren's memoir was the first book to ever make me feel that a life like mine might be worth writing about. It's been a long time since I worked with a mass comp, and even longer since I studied plants, and this book brought it all back, and included fascinating new tidbits too. #12booksof2020

Andrew65 Good choice. 2y
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DrexEdit
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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📚 #bookmail! 📚 My delightful sister-in-law sent me this book she had finished and that I wanted to read. Just a nice surprise in the mail today. It's the little things. 😃

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nao
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Currently reading this beautiful #nonfiction book.
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It's so engaging and just can't put it down. 🔖📚

Hope you have a happy reading everyone 🌻🤍
#labgirl
#hopejahren
#currentlyreading
#books

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LiteraryLona
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

Loving this book. Harvey approves as well 😂

MaleficentBookDragon I was just thinking about this book this morning. I really enjoyed it. I will never look at a tree the same way again. 2y
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nao
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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It's been a while since I posted something here I'll be sharing all the books I've been reading so far with a little review.

Actually I made an bookstagram (@nao.reads) but you know how things work there where you have to pay to let your posts stand up.
So I'll be sharing may reviews, thoughts and books that I'm reading here with you guys 🤍🍃

CURRENTLY READING: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren and other books I'll be sharing with you soon
Happy reading

Prairiegirl_reading I got on Instagram to post about books but I rarely post and when I do it‘s always pictures of my dog and never about books. 2y
nao @Prairiegirl_reading I'm trying to post here more now so I can share my book related posts here and Instagram. 2y
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elisebarker
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

What a beautiful book. Jahren expertly weaves in personal stories with her description of plants. This is the best book I‘ve read in quite a long time! Thank you @DimeryRene for this pick!!

Gogobooks Re reading🌿🌲💚 2y
elisebarker @Gogobooks It‘s just so good!! 2y
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DimeryRene
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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“Being paid to wonder seems like a heavy responsibility at times.” 🌱🌿🍃🌳

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GoneFishing
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren

A CACTUS DOESN‘T LIVE in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn‘t killed it yet. Any plant that you find growing in the desert will grow a lot better if you take it out of the desert.

Smrloomis I loved this book. Haven‘t read her latest though. 2y
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GoneFishing
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren

My lab is a place where my guilt over what I haven‘t done is supplanted by all of the things that I am getting done. My uncalled parents, unpaid credit cards, unwashed dishes, and unshaved legs pale in comparison to the noble breakthrough under pursuit. My lab is a place where I can be the child that I still am.

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underground_bks
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

I was expecting peaceful forests and sedate labs from this book and I loved being surprised by Hope Jahren‘s weird, messy, filthy-mouthed obsession with plant science and her absurd and tender relationship with her oddball lab partner Bill. This book‘s enthusiasm for understanding the world around us is contagious, and Jahren‘s honesty, authenticity, and grit are so real. Highly recommended for fans of Educated and Ecology of a Cracker Childhood.

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Linsy
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

Jahren is a fantastic writer. And this is a beautiful story of friendship that I didn't expect.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Listening to this beautifully written autobiography and getting my walks in.
The cherry blossoms are falling.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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#weeklyforecast
Lab Girl on audio
Woman in the Dunes is my #triplespin #bookspin
The Gilded Ones is this week's ARC v. excited for it
Uncanny Valley is my nonfiction of the week.

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violabrain
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Mehso-so

Unpopular opinion, but although I respect the author‘s contribution to science, I found her to be unbelievably irresponsible, self-centered, and annoying. I felt like all the stories she told were like when a teenager tells you about something they did that was unbelievably stupid and/or uninteresting, but they think it‘s the funniest, most important thing in the world. Too bad. I could‘ve used much more plant science.

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BookishMe
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Also from a friend, in Germany. Apparently he snapped this while tolerating a tedious teleconference 😆😆
We teased him for getting some good out of the boredom 😉😉

#bloomingLitsy #KeepLitsyPositive

Texreader Gorgeous!! 2y
BookishMe @Texreader 🤗🤗 2y
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BookishMe
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Can no longer go out as freely or for as long, with the restrictions in place (tho not calling it a lockdown ;o)

From my friend's garden... Will post my own pic when I get out proper!
#KeepLitsyPositive #bloomingLitsy

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RickW
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
Pickpick

All scientists and environmentalists should read this! As a male I am appalled at how we have treated women in Science. This book is a true testament to the difficulties that still persist in taking women and minorities seriously. The work done by Dr Jahren is priceless. The book also sheds light on the ridiculously low wages garnered by lab techs. It‘s a call for change! You will never look at a tree the same way again after you read this.

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violabrain
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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This sentence stopped me in my tracks. I have never been able to understand why people like to listen to music or work in coffee shops when they are trying to work and concentrate. I have always preferred silence. Is this the reason? Is it because people need noise so they don‘t feel lonely?

paulfrankspencer I don't think that's why I prefer sound, but maybe for others. 2y
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BookishMe
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On my way to work earlier this week. Stopped in my tracks, gasped with glee and giggled to myself as I admired these pretty little things.

Earlier in the day, this article reminded me to be more grateful, less anxious over the surreal normalcy here

https://www.citylab.com/life/2020/03/coronavirus-response-singapore-covid-19-cas...

#SpringIsInevitable #KeepLitsyPositive
(cont'd ⬇️)

BookishMe Later that night, stricter precautions were announced which included temporary closure of workplace. Tho I had been anticipating the worst, I was shattered (to put it mildly) I've since become less fretful. Planning to temp if possible.
Relief measures have also just been announced. Less bleak, but... I know I have been spared the worst, and for that I stay #Grateful
2y
TheAromaofBooks Things are definitely weird and scary right now, so searching out the positive can be challenging but rewarding. Hope you are able to get back to your job soon! I'm working at a wholesale greenhouse & we are still transplanting in hopes that we will be able to send items out at some point! Yesterday we did a bunch of lantana (like you have pictured) so your photo made me extra happy! 2y
BookishMe @TheAromaofBooks I thought of you and your hashtag when I snapped the pic. I just wasn't able to post on Tuesday itself. Yes, trying to stay positive and really, there's much to thank for in these scary times. Just as how transplanting keeps plants well, we need to keep hopes up 💟💞💟 2y
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TheAromaofBooks I'm always up for spring flower pictures!!! Very slow to emerge here in Ohio, but I think our peach tree is going to bust out this weekend! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!!! The little things we take for granted... I was so excited to see my lilies starting to bloom 🌸 2y
BookishMe @TheAromaofBooks how peachy! Lol... Not sure about spring flowers, since it's perpetually sunny here when not raining ;p will continue to post more blooming pics ;D 2y
BookishMe @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks wow! Lilies are my favourite 😍😍 I make sure I don't take the tropical blooms here for granted, since I'm surrounded by landscaped neighbourhoods. This row of colour is below knee height and I'm sure I made a strange sight, standing in the middle of walkway with a grin 😁 😁 2y
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BookishMe
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#SpringIsInevitable I have been trying to capture this pocket of colour, which can be found on my way to work. Snapped the photos from the bus earlier... Always a cheerful sight!
#KeepLitsyPositive #AllinThisTogether

Those are blocks of flats, our main public housing, in the background.

ozma.of.oz What beautiful flowers! It must smell amazing right there! 🌹🌻🌷 2y
TheAromaofBooks So lush!! Things are just barely starting to poke out of the ground here! 2y
Meaw_catlady Lovely flowers! Thanks for sharing them with us! 2y
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BookishMe @ozma.of.oz your comment reminded me how bereft we can be without the scented air. These colourful shrubs usually line the pavements here and I suspect fumes from passing vehicles mask the fragrance of the flowers. Nighttime strolls may stand us a better chance to enjoy a mild whiff 2y
BookishMe @TheAromaofBooks it's either rain or shine here, so lush foliage is common sight that I am grateful for ;D 2y
BookishMe @Meaw_catlady 💚🍃🌼🌴🌺🌿💚 2y
ozma.of.oz A night time stroll sounds absolutely lovely! If you do that, I hope you enjoy it! 2y
BookishMe @ozma.of.oz thank you 😊 😊 2y
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Addison_Reads
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

I LOVED this book! 💚💚💚

The science, the friendships, the honest look into a woman in a field traditionally dominated by men, and Hope Jahren's compassionate writing of her life are all excellent reasons to read this book.

My #DoubleSpin choice for March is now finished. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great review! 2y
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BookishMe
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Infinitely #SpringIsInevitable in my sunny island ☺️😉😊
Pretty blooms all around the Garden City. These were spotted on my commute and the tiny ixoras formed the backdrop to the bus stop (but overflowing from a private property ;))

theladygreer Gorgeous! 2y
BookishMe @theladygreer 💚🌸💚 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay for spring!! 2y
BookishMe @TheAromaofBooks 🍃💕🌱 2y
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BookishMe
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#KeepLitsyPositive I pass this stretch of greenery on the way to work... Tiny blooms waving in the breeze always bring a smile to my face 💕🌱🌸🍃💞

Tanisha_A 😍 2y
BookishMe @Tanisha_A I literally stop to admire the petals and smile the entire time, heading to work. Such mood boosters 🌸💚🌸 2y
Tanisha_A @BookishMe It's beautiful! Where do you live? 2y
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BookishMe @Tanisha_A Singapore ;D despite the concrete jungle, such landscaped greenery are common along the roads and pavements 😍😍 2y
LoverOfLearning I'm surrounded by cornfields so enjoy!! 2y
BookishMe @LoverOfLearning for someone who has never seen a cornfield, that sounds fascinating! 😉😉 2y
LoverOfLearning @BookishMe HAHA This made my day. You're not missing out on too much trust me. 2y
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SShiney
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

Finished it! Fascinating hearing the perspective of a scientist and I loved her poetic descriptions of plants.

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Skyrimir
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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I always check the library sale shelf just in case. For the first time in months I found something! I‘m excited, I‘ve been wanting to read both of these and I got them for $1.50!

RickW Interesting. I read both books in that order. Lab Girl was recommended to those who read Educated. Both are phenomenal works introducing us to worlds that are difficult to imagine. The former I know about, the latter is truly insane and unbelievable. Would recommend both. 2y
RickW By the way great catch. 🤤 2y
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jmtrivera
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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As I read the first chapters, Jahren's dispassionate tone was hard for me to empathize with & not being a plant person (I underwatered a cactus, so there's my botanical resume for you), I didn't think this was for me. Then I began to grow fond of Hope & Bill's friendship & invested in their adventures. I also appreciate her reflections on her mental health & professional struggles. Not something I would've picked up on my own, but glad I read it.

Prairiegirl_reading I agree 100% with your review. 2y
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SShiney
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Listening to the audiobook and I love it!

Suet624 I absolutely loved this audiobook. And I don‘t generally like audiobooks. 3y
SShiney @Suet624 Agreed! The narrator is so expressive. 3y
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Eyelit
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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I‘m listening to this on audio while working and after this particular passage I had to bring up my kindle copy and share with y‘all cause it‘s just too bizarre to keep to myself (tho given the popularity of the book I‘m fairly certain a good amount of you have already read this 😄)

I‘m really enjoying this book and Hope‘s life and love of science... and I‘m also loving oddball Bill and Hope‘s relationship with him.

No, Bill. It‘s not normal.

Chab256 Ummmm, 😂😂😳 3y
Crazeedi I'm thinking this would be good on audio, I already read book and enjoyed 3y
TheBookAddict 😳😳🧐🤔🤣🤣🤣 3y
readordierachel 😆😆 3y
jmtrivera This was our work book club this month, and I really liked their relationship, but no, not normal. 3y
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jmtrivera
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As someone who lost her mother young, this rings incredibly true, but I didn't realize it was the same for others.

Megabooks 💞💞 3y
Merethebookgal 💓💓💓 3y
Eyelit I really appreciated this passage as well. I‘m listening to the audio (read by the author) and her depth of feeling resonates. 3y
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jmtrivera @Eyelit I'd heard that the audio was excellent. There are certain parts that I think emotionally would be a lot for me, so we'll have to see if I can! 3y
jmtrivera @Megabooks 💜💜 3y
jmtrivera @Merethebookgal *hugs* 💓💓 3y
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jmtrivera
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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I've been home with Tinysaurus all week while she recovers from maybe the flu, which means I totally forgot about Work Book Club next week! 😳 Trying to knock some of this out now that she's on the mend.

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MegCaldwell
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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My first book of 2020👩🏼‍🔬 I know I‘m behind on it since even President Obama recommended this book last year and I‘m really happy I finally got around to it! Plus I loved listening to it read by Dr Jahren!
Also shout out to Libby and The Pittsburgh library for letting me borrow it!

Crazeedi This was a very interesting book!! 3y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🥳 3y
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alcassoi
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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To be read 💕 I have the next month off before my final semester of grad school. Hoping to use this time to tackle some books.

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Caterina
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Pickpick

This was a great #audiorun listen, especially once I sped the narration up a tad! The author reads it well. A few times she obviously teared up, so I may have cried a bit on a couple runs. 😂😭 This memoir kept me listening- loved her passion for trees/plants/soil, her friendship with Bill, her marriage and child, the struggle of being a female scientist with bipolar disorder, and her love of reading. I could see myself revisiting this someday. ❤️

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alisonrose
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
Mehso-so

Well...the stuff about trees was good. And actually, I enjoyed the beginning about her childhood & her interesting Scandinavian-in-Minnesota upbringing. But by the halfway point (maybe sooner) I started getting quite bored. Way too much about random shit (like 6 pages about her coworker‘s haircut) & oddly little about her actual work. Lovely prose about flora, some good commentary on sexism in science/academia, but overall thin & tedious. 2/5 ⭐️

Laughterhp Yeah, I had to bail on this audiobook. I think around the time she started talking about his haircut... 3y
alisonrose @Laughterhp Right?? I still can‘t get over how much ink she spilled about this dude‘s damn hair. 3y
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alisonrose
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren

...female professors & departmental secretaries are the natural enemies of the academic world, as I was privileged to overhear discussions of my sexual orientation & probable childhood traumas ... thru the paper thin walls of the break room adjacent to my office. By these means I learned that altho I was in desperate need of a girdle, I was better off than [another] female professors, who‘d never lose all that baby weight by working all the time.