Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Memoir about becoming, and being, a woman scientist, and about a non-romantic relationship with a research partner — it’s almost devoid of explicit reflection, replacing it with interludes of seemingly objective but thematically related information about plants and how they work.

I was most interested in her descriptions of interactions with other people, and felt that sometimes it backed away right when it shouldn’t have. Similarly the insertion of a segment about her bipolar disorder–it was abrupt, and I thought the book either should have engaged with it or left it out.

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  1. I agree, especially that the bipolar section was abrupt. But was her intention to give us a taste of the suddenness of the onset of an episode?
    And of course, being a gardener, I did enjoy the mini-chapters on Botany.
    I listened, rather than reading and I thought that her own reading contributed to the experience.

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