Lab Girl

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - KE

by Hope Jahren, Ha­chette.

A fas­ci­na­tion with the in­tri­ca­cies of peo­ple’s real-life pas­sions has pro­duced some great books of late. He­len Macdon­ald’s H is for Hawk is one, Ber­nice Barry’s bi­og­ra­phy of Aus­tralian botanist Ge­or­giana Mol­loy is an­other, and geo­bi­ol­o­gist Hope Jahren’s mem­oir Lab Girl sits neatly along­side them. “I grew up in my father’s lab­o­ra­tory and played un­der the benches un­til I was old enough to play on them.” A pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Hawaii, her great-grand­par­ents mi­grated to the “cold­est place on earth, Min­nesota” from Nor­way. She ded­i­cates the book to her mother, yet ob­serves the emo­tional dis­tance of the Scan­di­na­vian. The sheer joy of this book is in the wit, the in­ti­macy, the ir­rev­er­ence, the hon­esty, the ro­mance of a sci­en­tific brain. The re­la­tion­ship with lab man­ager Bill Hagopian is mis­chievous and beau­ti­ful.

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