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 Brandon Hawk

 Zubeda Jalalzai


Open Books - Open Minds

cover of Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Thank you to all who voted!
The Open Books - Open Minds Committee is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Common Book:

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

“Growing up in rural Minnesota, Jahren spent her happiest hours with her father, who taught physics and earth science at a local community college and gave his daughter free rein in his laboratory after hours. In Lab Girl, Jahren traces her path from an early infatuation with the natural world to her hard-earned triumphs as a scientist recognized for breakthrough contributions to her field. She braids together stories of her emotional and professional challenges, of the bond with her odd and brilliant lab partner who helped her persevere, and descriptions of plant life that, at once lyrical and precise, reveal the unseen processes driving the natural world. Through these different perspectives, she draws unexpected connections between plants and the people whose lives depend on them that will make you see both realms in a new light.” – The Publisher


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science / Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence - Winner 2016
  • National Book Critics Circle Awards - Winner 2016
  • PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award - Finalist 2017

Read more about the book at: NEA BIG READ​

Book discussion questions at: NEA BIG READ​


Please make sure to visit the RIC LibGuide at​ for this year's book to view additional information and interactive content!

Upcoming ​Events​Lab Girls Roundtable

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Roundtable Discussion:
RIC “Lab Girls” from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology
Gaige 200
​12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Roundtable discussion with faculty and staff on their career paths, work-life balance, and the challenges and triumphs of being a woman in science.

Click here for event flyer​.

photo of Book Nook in Adams Library

R​eference Department student assistant,
Hector Nunez in the OBOM Book Nook

OBOM Book Nook

We have copies of this year's book and shortlisted books for next year.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: October 04, 2019