Book Review: ‘Lab Girl’ by Hope Jahren

I have just finished reading this great book, recommended to me by Sheryl at Flowery Prose last November and immediately put on my Christmas wish list. You can read her review here, but I will add a few words too.

Hope Jahren is a scientist with a gift for writing, and the book flows right from the start. She recounts her life in an enchanting and extremely readable way, mixing in fascinating information and descriptions of trees, plants and her work. The story is full of ups and downs, telling candidly, passionately, and often hilariously of her (sometimes unconventional) struggles to set up labs, her discoveries, her dedication to her research, and the dear friend Bill who accompanied her through it all. Her style of writing is fluid and amusing, but also incredibly poignant when we note the hidden comparisons between the lives of trees and those of humans.

I really loved this book and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone with a vague interest in trees, botany or science in general who wants a good weekend read.

Take a look at Sheryl’s review – she can say it so much better than I can!



44 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘Lab Girl’ by Hope Jahren

  1. It is so good to get a recommendation. It is available on Kindle but I can only see the Prologue on Amazon. Kindle versions are not worth having if there are illustrations, maps, photographs etc. Basically, I would like to know if the book is “words only” and so worthwhile buying on Kindle, or not. Amelia

  2. This book comes on our list immediately! πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for sharing, Cathy. Always happy to find new, inspiring books.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend. Stay warm. It’s cold in Norway right now, but eventually, the temperatures are rising. πŸ™‚

  3. Cathy thank you very much for proposing this book that already carries a very good recommendation. I am going to add it to my reading list, if I am lucky enough to find an edition in Spanish. Keep the heat. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  4. This sounds like a wonderful book, Cathy. I can tell by even the briefest review that this hits all the high points for what I enjoy in a good book. I’m so glad you shared. πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks to yo and Sheryl for the great recommendation. The more I garden, the more I wish I had studied botany in school. In my day, biology was required. It’s also important, but how nice if we could have studied both.

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