|Print List Price:||$16.00|
Save $6.01 (38%)
Random House LLC
Price set by seller.
Lab Girl Kindle Edition
|Length: 276 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $8.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
“Engrossing. . . . Thrilling. . . . Does for botany what Oliver Sacks’s essays did for neurology, what Stephen Jay Gould’s writings did for paleontology.” —The New York Times
“Lab Girl made me look at trees differently. It compelled me to ponder the astonishing grace and gumption of a seed. Perhaps most importantly, it introduced me to a deeply inspiring woman—a scientist so passionate about her work I felt myself vividly with her on every page. This is a smart, enthralling, and winning debut.” —Cheryl Strayed
“Brilliant. . . . Extraordinary. . . . Delightfully, wickedly funny. . . . Powerful and disarming.” —The Washington Post
“Clear, compelling and uncompromisingly honest . . . Hope Jahren is the voice that science has been waiting for.” —Nature
"Spirited. . . . Stunning. . . . Moving.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A powerful new memoir . . . Jahren is a remarkable scientist who turns out to be a remarkable writer as well. . . . Think Stephen Jay Gould or Oliver Sacks. But Hope Jahren is a woman in science, who speaks plainly to just how rugged that can be. And to the incredible machinery of life around us.” —On Point/NPR
“Lyrical . . . illuminating . . . Offers a lively glimpse into a scientifically inclined mind.” —The Wall Street Journal
“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, author of State of Wonder
“Lab Girl surprised, delighted, and moved me. I was drawn in from the start by the clarity and beauty of Jahren’s prose. . . . With Lab Girl, Jahren joins those talented scientists who are able to reveal to us the miracle of this world in which we live.” —Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
“Revelatory. . . . A veritable jungle of ideas and sensations.” —Slate
“Warm, witty . . . Fascinating. . . . Jahren’s singular gift is her ability to convey the everyday wonder of her work: exploring the strange, beautiful universe of living things that endure and evolve and bloom all around us, if we bother to look.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Deeply affecting. . . . A totally original work, both fierce and uplifting. . . . A belletrist in the mold of Oliver Sacks, she is terrific at showing just how science is done. . . . She’s an acute observer, prickly, and funny as hell.” —Elle
“Magnificent. . . . [A] gorgeous book of life. . . . Jahren contains multitudes. Her book is love as life. Trees as truth.” —Chicago Tribune
“Mesmerizing. . . . Deft and flecked with humor . . . a scientist’s memoir of a quirky, gritty, fascinating life. . . . Like Robert Sapolsky’s A Primate’s Memoir or Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, it delivers the zing of a beautiful mind in nature.” —Seattle Times
“Jahren's memoir [is] the beginning of a career along the lines of Annie Dillard or Diane Ackerman.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A scientific memoir that's beautifully human.” —Popular Science
“Breathtakingly honest. . . . Gorgeous. . . . At its core, Lab Girl is a book about seeing—with the eyes, but also the hands and the heart.” —American Scientist
- File Size : 2786 KB
- Publication Date : April 5, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 276 pages
- Publisher : Vintage (April 5, 2016)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00Z3FYQS4
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,119 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Dr. Jahren spends almost all day at the lab; I estimate >100 hours/week. She expects the same of her grad students, who don’t come close to meeting any of her expectations. Except for Bill—her favorite grad student and later her lab partner—I can’t recall her teaching, mentoring, or even caring about students. Worse, she HAZES them!
When Jahren gets a new student, she makes them use a pen and label HUNDREDS of empty vials with “long and complicated alphanumeric code, rich with Greek letters and nonsequential numbers . . .” After the newbie has toiled away most of a day, Jahren comes up with a staged excuse and proceeds to throw ALL the vials into a trash can . . . while the newbie watches. Jahren then says it’s a bad omen if she sees that the newbie regarded his/her time as having value. She adds: “As a corollary, any recognition of futility was perhaps worse.”
Dr. Jahren may be an outstanding scientist, but I believe I would’ve hated being one of her grad students.
2 stars because this time, I was able to make it to the end.
At one point Jahren compares the intelligence of her graduate students to her dog-- and the dog wins. She refers to another quiet student on a trip as "warm-blooded cargo," because of his uselessness as a driver. What really sealed the deal for me was the road trip. 5 Days before a conference, Jahren and Bill decide they want to attend. They decide to drive cross country, taking two graduate students with them to share in the driving (not to enrich their education or anything). One day, Jahren does not heed multiple warnings and directs the graduate student driver to go straight into a snow storm. Predictably, the van flips when they hit some ice. Lessons Jahren learned: 1) When you pee into bottles make sure to cap them. 2) Wear a seat belt. The student driver, understandably shaken, asks to be dropped off at the airport so she can fly home, but Jahren and Bill yell at her and refuse, calling her a quitter. They drag her to the conference in the banged up van so that Jahren can deliver the talk that was so important that it was never mentioned again in the book. When they return, Jahren nobly claims responsibility for the busted university van (as she should-- she was in charge!). How selfless.
Jahren and Bill enjoy giving their students a repetitive, meaningless task, like labeling hundreds of bottles, and then telling them that, sorry, they won't be using their work after all. To pass their sadistic test a student must both resign his or herself to the monotony that is science and accept that the work was wasted, but also salvage something from the time spent. A memorable student saved all the bottle caps, hoping they could be "spares" in the future.
There are little stories like this woven into the book, souring the beautiful language on scientific discovery and personal passion. I was a graduate student once and this culture is pervasive and horrifying and drives good students from pursuing science. A student may have the passion, but s/he just can't contend with being treated like the scum on Jahren's shoes. I admire Jahren's scientific successes and her obvious dedication, but it is overshadowed by her perpetuation of a problematic culture.
It has some interesting plant fun-fact chapters thrown into the story of an absolute mess of a career which comes across as part whining, part self-congratulatory tale of grit, and very little substance. She talks about making some absolutely reckless and terrible decisions, for which she should absolutely not be rewarded and yet is by the success of this book. She manages her lab in a horrifying way that is sometimes border-line abusive to grad students and her departments. She very occasionally mentions on a surface level ways in which being a woman impeded her, but never states any facts, just that she got a feeling from people from time to time that they didn't think highly of her.
And to top it off, I remembered all of the plant fun-facts from my high school biology classes and recent pop-science reports, so I didn't even get to learn about plants.
Overall as a female scientist I found this book tremendously disheartening and wish I had not spent money on it.
Top reviews from other countries
She writes about a beautiful friendship with Bill, the scientist who has worked with her for over 20 years. She also writes about becoming a mother and her own personality and struggle with illness. She writes about being a woman in a very male dominated field.
Her humour is wry, you get a great insight in what it means to be a research scientist in the USA these days. And I will never look at a tree or any plant quite the same way again. Now with added awe. Anyone at all interested in life, plants, science and friendship - read this wonderful book.