This year’s NEA Big Read: Wichita title is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Lab Girl is a nature lover’s story about digging in dirt and discovering new things about old growth. It’s a scientist’s story about running experiments and waiting and wondering and asking for funds and fending off doubt. It’s a Midwesterner’s story of moving south and east and west and noticing the differences. It’s a girl’s story about growing up to be what she wants to be. And it’s a woman’s story about fighting stereotypes, sacrificing, feeling vulnerable, trusting in friendship, getting sick, getting help, finding love, and writing it all down. (via NEA Big Read: Wichita)

While you’re waiting for your copy of Lab Girl to come in, check out one of these read-alike titles sure to please science-lovers and plant-enthusiasts alike, no green thumb necessary.


The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh


The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson


Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

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The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change Our Lives by Stephen Buchmann


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver


A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants by Ruth Kassinger [eBook]

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My Garden (Book) by Jamaica Kincaid

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Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald


The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf


Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini

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