Lab Girl
Lab Girl By Jahren, Hope Book - 2016 | First edition

Hope is one of those exceptional writers able to create engaging text phrase after phrase by choosing the exact right words, avoiding clich├ęs, and delightfully surprising the reader with the way she puts together words, paragraphs and chapters. I am so different from Hope that I probably would not have finished this book... many times I wanted to put it down in order to read something else, but in the end I couldn't - the chapters about growing things were fascinating, and there was something in the unfolding personal narrative that hinted at a style very intentionally chosen, and that suggested if I persevered I might find myself with someone quite different from the beginning chapters when I finally reached the end. When I closed the book for the last time I felt a deep affection for all of Hope's loved ones, and an irresistible urge to plant an oak in the front yard.

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