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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hope Jahren Narrator: Hope Jahren Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781101890202
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An illuminating 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 world

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jahren joins those talented scientists who are able to reveal to us the miracle of this world in which we live.”

    Abraham Verghese, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Some people are great writers, while other people live lives of adventure and importance. Almost no one does both. Hope Jahren does both. She makes me wish I’d been a scientist.”

    Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is a smart, enthralling, and winning debut.”

    Cheryl Strayed, New York Times bestselling author

  • "[A] fascinating memoir.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Deeply affecting…a totally original work, both fierce and uplifting.”


  • “Invites readers to fall in love, as she did, with science and plants.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Jahren’s literary bent renders dense material digestible and lyrical, in fables that parallel personal history.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The story of her relationship with Bill, her physically and emotionally damaged lab partner, is at the heart of this wonderful story.”


  • “A new respect for trees is inevitable after listening to Jahren’s impassioned stories of her life among them.”


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for April 2016
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Time Magazine Pick for the Best Books of 2016 So Far
  • A Wall Street Journal Pick for Hottest Spring Nonfiction Books
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
  • Winner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography
  • Finalist for the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Award
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About the Author

Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at UC Berkeley and began teaching and researching. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given in the Earth Sciences. She is a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where in 2008 she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health.