Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil.Lab Girlis her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle ofscientistto each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable,Lab Girlvividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.