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Anita Duneer

 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!

Summer Reading Group

All are welcome to join the conversations about Lab Girl:

Monday, June 17, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., in Craig-Lee 204

Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., in Craig-Lee 154

photo of Book Nook in Adams Library  

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

OBOM Book Nook

Stop by the library to browse in the OBOM Book Nook. We have copies of Exit West and all ten shortlisted books for your reading pleasure! The OBOM committee welcomes your feedback on these selections as we narrow the list for campus-wide voting, which opens at the end of the fall semester.​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: May 15, 2019