September 2018 Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. The was the Fall selection for the History and Philosophy of Science faculty reading group at the University of Dallas. The book is an autobiographical story of the academic career of Hope Jahren from her humble beginnings in a small town in rural Minnesota. In it are many life lessons interpreted metaphorically in the lives of plants which are her life's passion to study. Along the way I learned a lot more about plant life than I ever knew or appreciated: like each of the big trees in my front yard sucks up around 8000 gallons of water to sprout its leaves in the Spring. More than one of us in the reading group commented on the effect of this on foundations in Texas. It was a bit of a strange tale about the unique people that came in to her life during the course of her successful academic career of building labs and scrounging for grant money. Interesting book.