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Hope Jahren has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people based on her science leadership and her ability to write. She is an American geochemist/geobiologist and she's known in the scientific community for her work analyzing forests from the Eocene epoch (about 50 million years ago). Her new book, LAB GIRL, is a memoir about her thrilling discovery of a vocation and also a revelatory textbook on the secret life of plants. She tells of her childhood in rural Minnesota and her father's encouragement to play in his classroom's labs. She also tells of the remarkable relationship with her lab partner and best friend, Bill, and their sometimes rogue adventures in science. Acute insights on nature occur on each page of this extraordinary book as you learn about the beautiful and sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass and flower petal. You may also want to explore her blog posts on #hopejahrensurecanwrite especially her letter to young women and the possibilities for them in science. Jahren writes with humor and passion, whether's it's about Marie Curie, sexism in science, how a modern lab works, or ancient forests.
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Hi, my name is Jen. Love to read and looking to meet new people and discuss great books.