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A Lab of One’s Own [review]

A Lab of One’s Own by Rita Colwell, PhD and Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
To be published by Simon & Schuster on August 4, 2020
my rating: DNF
Goodreads avg: 
3.75 (as of 2020-08-04)
disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. All of the opinions presented below are my own. Quotes have been taken from the advanced copy and are subject to change upon publication.

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i really struggled with the writing in this. i don’t think it was particularly bad, but really felt like it was rushing through things. while the timeline was somewhat linear, following Colwell’s career, it also branched off haphazardly to describe other scientists and events. this might mesh better with someone more strongly interested in the history of the field and who is more familiar with the names mentioned. it also honestly felt more like a summary of Colwell’s resume than anything else, like she was trying to go down a list rather than provide an actual narrative. while easy enough to read, i just didn’t really find it engrossing at all.

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3 thoughts on “A Lab of One’s Own [review]”

  1. Great review! I’m so conflicted about whether or not to go for this – the writing style doesn’t sound very appealing to me either, but on the other hand I work in microbiology so I might like it anyway?! Have you read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren? It wasn’t perfect either, but I found the writing really compelling ^__^

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    1. Thank you! I think if you work in microbiology, it might be a much better fit but I would try borrowing it from the library just in case you don’t love it. 🙂 I haven’t read Lab Girl but it looks good, I’m adding it to my TBR now!

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