A memoir about trees, flowers, seeds, soil, friendship, and most importantly a fascinating life of geo-biologist Hope Jahren, Lab Girl takes readers through the trials of building labs and gaining recognition as a woman and a scientist in a largely male dominated field. Through her control of prose Jahren not only shares her life spent in labs but teaches the reader about plants, and dirt, and flowers, and the world around us.
In his debut novel, Max Porter writes prose like it is poetry (with allusions to poets whose work focused on grief: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Emily Dickinson) with a plot, and follows a man and his two sons as they deal with the loss of their wife and mother. After the funeral, they are visited by a great black crow – “antagonist, trickster, god, protector, therapist, and babysitter” who attempts to force this small family
further into their grief, while also throwing them a rope to move on. By tackling grief in this way Porter gives it a language and allows the reader to enter into their own grief.