This program is in correlation with Longwood Garden’s Community Read Program.
Join Awbury’s Book Club in the celebration of women in science by reading with this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Come to the kick off to pick up your copy of the book and to meet other book club participants. Light refreshments will be served.
A wrap-up gathering and book discussion will take place Wednesday, March 21st back at the Cope House.
Led by Leslie Cerf, Awbury Volunteer Coordinator
Location: the Cope House at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19138
Cost: Event is FREE, but you must register to receive a free book (while supplies last)
Hope Jahren’s Minnesota childhood was filled with the comfort and promise of her father’s community college laboratory, where he taught physics and earth science; and the emotional distance of her mother, with whom she gardened and read and studied literature. Hope pursued the college education her mother had yearned for, learning early on that science was her “home.” Jahren’s greatest discovery was her long-time lab partner Bill, with whom she traveled from graduate school in California to an assistant professorship in Georgia, where they built their first lab and dared to study the science of “what it’s like to be a plant.” Through tales that span twenty years, the author skillfully connects the passions and risks of life as a scientist with the wonders and challenges of the plant lives that share our world.
Through engaging facts and expert storytelling, Jahren speaks to us as fellow scientists, inviting us into her lab and into her life in a voice that circumvents hardship with ever-present hope and humor.