Lab Girl is a book about work and about love,
and the mountains that can be moved when
those two things come together. It is told
through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about the
discoveries she has made in her lab, as well as
her struggle to get there; about her field trips –
sometimes authorised, sometimes very much not
– taking her from the American Midwest
to the North Pole and from Ireland to Hawaii;
and about her unswerving dedication
to her life’s work.
Visceral, intimate, gloriously candid and
sometimes extremely funny, Jahren’s
descriptions of her work, her intense
relationship with the plants, seeds and soil
she studies, and her insights on nature
enliven every page of this thrilling book.
In Lab Girl, we see anew the complicated
power of the natural world, and the
power that can come from facing with
bravery and conviction the challenge of
discovering who you are.