Lab Girl

by

Hope Jahren

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Jahren refers to her older brothers only to mention that she hardly noticed when they left home for college, because they hardly spoke to her when they lived at home. Growing up, Jahren’s family life was fairly cold and detached, a sharp contrast from the emotional warmth and closeness Jahren later shares with her husband, Clint, and her lab partner, Bill.

Jahren’s Brothers Quotes in Lab Girl

The Lab Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Jahren’s Brothers or refer to Jahren’s Brothers. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Knopf edition of Lab Girl published in 2016.
Part 1: Roots and Leaves Quotes

As much as I desperately wanted to be like my father, I knew that I was meant to be an extension of my indestructible mother: a do-over to make real the life that she deserved and should have had. I left high school a year early to take a scholarship at the University of Minnesota—the same school that my mother, father, and all of my brothers had attended.

Related Symbols: Minnesota
Page Number: 17
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