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June Food Book Club

  • Curbside Books & Records 125 South Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60603 United States (map)

Join us for our June Food Book Club meeting where we will be discussing Hope Jahren's Lab Girl. Jahren is an acclaimed scientist and geo-biologist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since the 1990's. She built three laboratories in which she studies trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. In her first book, she talks about her discoveries about plant life, how work and personal relationships overlap, along with insight into her upbringing in rural Minnesota that helped direct her into her present profession.

Here's an excerpt from the prologue to get you excited :

"Now you ask a question about your leaf. Guess what? You are now a scientist. People will tell you that you have to know math to be a scientist, or physics or chemistry. They're wrong. That's like saying you have to know how to knit to be a housewife, or that you have to know Latin to study the Bible. Sure, it helps, but there will be time for that. What comes first is a question, and you're already there. It's not nearly as involved as people make it out to be. So let me tell you some stories, one scientist to another."

We will be meeting at Curbside Books & Records (inside Revival Food Hall) on Tuesday evening. Grab some food, browse some books and chat about science, plant life and the paradoxes of the research world (along with other topics Hope brings up in her fascinating book) with us! See you there!