by Hope Jahren
Published: April 2016
Geobiologist Hope Jahren delivers a raw, unflinching memoir that explores her passion for science from eager child to award-winning researcher. Each life lesson is accompanied by an associated blurb on plant biology and growth so whether she’s working in a hospital basement mixing drugs, digging through soil to learn about ancient climate change, or explaining how to use a mass spectrometer – her clever, self-deprecating anecdotes are as educating as they are moving. She is open about the harsh realities of being a woman in STEM academia but really bares her soul when it comes to the intersectional struggles of mental health treatment and pregnancy.
5 out of 5 stars: Powerful shit, man.