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Hope Jahren

Author of Lab Girl

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Works by Hope Jahren

Lab Girl (2016) 2,512 copies
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2017 (2017) — Editor; Introduction — 108 copies


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Are people like plants? Can you hear plants grow? These and other questions are raised and answered or at least discussed in this fascinating book by geobiologist Hope Jahren. I have enjoyed reading about science throughout my life, from biographies of Michael Faraday and George Washington Carver in my youth to works by scientists and histories of science in my adult life.

Lab Girl changed the way I perceived trees. It forced me to consider the incredible grace and tenacity of a seed. Most notably, it introduced me to a very fascinating woman, a scientist who was so enthralled with her work that I could practically feel it in every page. This is a clever, captivating, and successful debut. With her passion for science, Hope Jahren's Lab Girl teaches us in the best way possible. Its profundity made it a book that is powerful and unique. The result was as interesting a read as any I have had in quite a while.… (more)
jwhenderson | 146 other reviews | Nov 20, 2023 |
Hope takes you along through the underbelly of science. You learn the human cost of furthering our knowledge. She’s lived a life of hard work, sacrifice and deprivation, all suffered gladly in the name of science. She put a human face on the business of science for me. It was a good read.
BBrookes | 146 other reviews | Nov 14, 2023 |
This was a fantastic book. The author makes her field in scientific research accessible while sharing something of her personal life and growth. Highly recommended.
secondhandrose | 146 other reviews | Oct 31, 2023 |
A must-read for anyone interested in how our world is changing. Excellently researched and written. Unlike many books about this topic, which leave the reader feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problems facing our planet, Jahren offers practical steps to take and questions to ask to effect change. Most of all, she offers her readers hope that, just like our ancestors before us who faced oppressing odds, we can find solutions.
cowallr | 17 other reviews | Oct 23, 2023 |



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