** Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Lab Girl is the memoir of a geologist, and does she know how to speak about  soil (soil!) and trees. The way she writes about how trees grow and survive tough conditions will open your eyes to the wonders of the world.

The rest of the story is hers, and as becomes clear by the middle of the book, she struggled for a long time with untreated mental health issues that make for some strange adventures, or rather a rather strange affect. Still, the description of how labs such as hers are funded is enlightening (and a little depressing) — not to mention the casual sexism she had to work through.


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