By: Hope Jahren
Location: NF 920 JAH
Genre: Trees, science, love and a good true yarn
My great great grandfather was a tree man. He came to New Zealand from England , he explored and he researched. He grew over 260 apple trees from cuttings and grafts, that he bought back from the UK. He introduced the Pinus Radiata into our country, he is the father of the forestry industry. People playing with trees and plants matter, and Hope Jahrens book highlights it still matters now!
debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime
collaboration, in work and in life; and a stunningly fresh look at
plants that will forever change how you see and think about the natural
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three
laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her
first book might have been a revelatory treatise on plant life. Lab Girl is
that, but it is also so much more. Because in it, Jahren also shares
with us her inspiring life story, in prose that takes your breath away.
Lab Girl is
a book about work, about love, and about the mountains that can be
moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren's
remarkable stories: about the things she's discovered in her lab, as
well as how she got there; about her childhood--hours of unfettered play
in her father's laboratory; about how she found a sanctuary in science,
and learned to perform lab work "with both the heart and the hands";
about a brilliant and wounded man named Bill, who became her loyal
colleague and best friend; about their adventurous, sometimes rogue
research trips, which take them from the Midwest all across the United
States and over the Atlantic, from the ever-light skies of the North
Pole to tropical Hawaii; and about her constant striving to do and be
the best she could, never allowing personal or professional obstacles to
cloud her dedication to her work.
Jahren's probing look at
plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her insights on nature
enliven every page of this book. Lab Girl allows us to see with
clear eyes the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf,
blade of grass, and flower petal, and also the power within ourselves to
face--with bravery and conviction--life's ultimate challenge:
discovering who you are.