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APRIL 24, 7:00 PM -- at The Vermont Book Shop ♦ Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together. 

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography ♦ A New York Times Notable Book ♦ Winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Film Prize for Excellence in Science Books ♦ Finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ♦ One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, TIME.com, NPR, SlateEntertainment WeeklyNewsdayMinneapolis Star Tribune, Kirkus Reviews

 


PAST MONTHS' SELECTIONS

JULY  Diametrically opposed arguments: Why I Am Not A Feminist by Jessa Crispin is a radical, fearless call for revolution. It accuses the feminist movement of obliviousness, irrelevance, and cowardice--and demands nothing less than the total dismantling of a system of oppression and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a personal, eloquently-argued essay that offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness

AUGUST   Yaa Gyasi's extraordinary novel Homegoing illuminates slavery's troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed--and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

SEPTEMBER   The Solace of the Trees is a piercing and resonant debut novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit, and a cautionary tale about the damage that can be inflicted upon war victims when wealthy nations become obsessed with self-protection and retribution. Meet the author at the bookstore event, Wed, October 11 at 7 pm.

OCTOBER    Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change is the book that launched Elizabeth Kolbert's career as an environmental writer. It developed out of a three part series in the New Yorker, where Kolbert is a regular contributor. Bill McKibben says it's, "among the few irreplaceable volumes yet written about climate change." 

NOVEMBER   A dazzling debut novel from Brit Bennett, an exciting new voice and National Book Foundation's 2016 Under 35 honoree, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community--and the things that ultimately haunt us most.

FEBRUARY   Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

MARCH  The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman's fiction is unguarded against both life's affronts and its beauty--and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail.

 

 

Lab Girl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101873724
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

The Idiot Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780143111061
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Published: Penguin Books - February 13th, 2018

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Homegoing Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

The Solace of Trees Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780997316902
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Published: New Europe Books - July 11th, 2017

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781620409886
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 3rd, 2015

The Mothers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184529
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2017

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781612196015
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Melville House Publishing - February 21st, 2017

We Should All Be Feminists Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781101911761
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - February 3rd, 2015

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