Virtual Discussion: NEA's The Big Read

April 05, 2021 | By Baltimore County Public Library

In partnership with Maryland Public Television, Baltimore County Public Library will host a virtual discussion of New York Times Notable Book and National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read selection, "Lab Girl," by geobiologist Hope Jahrenan, an autobiography detailing how the author’s youthful fascination with plants evolved into a career in science. 

Register for the Discussion

Register now for the discussion on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m.  A limited number of free book copies are available for discussion participants, which will be mailed out while supplies last. To receive a copy, email with your name and mailing address. 

About The Big Read

The Big Read is “designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.” 

Penguin Random House Description of “Lab Girl”

Photo of the novel Lab Girl on a book shelf in front of other books

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds and soil. "Lab Girl" is 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 of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous and compulsively readable, "Lab Girl" vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.

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