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the book

Lab Girl

by Hope Jahren

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains...

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more.

Lab Girl
is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.

Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

Suggested by Mrs. Kochensparger (HS Biology Teacher/Science Dept. Chair)

Hardcover - 290 pages - in English - $26.95
ISBN: 1101874937 (ISBN13: 9781101874936)
Published Apr 5, 2016 by Knopf
First published 2016

the class

I teach in a rural Ohio school with Biology classes of mixed-ability students. I also teach Honors Biology and Anatomy. My students work hard and want to...

I teach in a rural Ohio school with Biology classes of mixed-ability students. I also teach Honors Biology and Anatomy. My students work hard and want to learn, yet many students are lacking the real-world connections they need to think critically and deeply. My students also need a greater exposure to how science impacts their lives. I like using books to engage my students as readers because books open the window to new realities, which serve as the springboard for learning. We read and discuss relevant chapters in class, and I also open my bookshelf to my students who want to pursue a topic more deeply.

the school

Eaton High School, Eaton, OH

public | 9-12 | 595 students

Economic status:  Moderate Poverty

600 Hillcrest Dr, Eaton, OH
Phone:  (937) 456-1141 Fax:  (937) 456-1143
Eaton Community City School District

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