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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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Lab Girl, by the acclaimed scientist, Hope Jahren, is a book about a young girl whose parents’ encouraging brought her to the realization that what she loves best is her happy place.  You might think that the title is only for nature lovers, but it’s so much more.  This memoir is a bundle of stories tied up into one, adventure-filled work.  One of them takes the reader back to her childhood, where she starts doing experiments in her father’s classroom labs.  This leads her to doing more and more work “with both the heart and the hands”, even though it leads her to hardships, failures and disappointments.  She drives through those obstacles to create exhilarating discoveries and triumphant scientific studies.  This book combines love and work to produce an autobiography that leaves the reader with a feeling of hope.