“My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.” Tara Westover
“You come to this place, mid-life. You don’t know how you got here, but suddenly you’re staring fifty in the face. When you turn and look back down the years, you glimpse the ghosts of other lives you might have led; all houses are haunted." - Hilary Mantel
The first dish was a consommé that tasted as if a million chickens had died to make it.
~ Ruth Reichl, Tender at the Bone
The thing that Patti Smith writes about always seems secondary to the way in which she writes about it. “I’m sure I could write endlessly about nothing. If only I had nothing to say,” writes Smith.
I read Stitches in under an hour, and though the story of David’s life and his family is filled with a sadness that I felt as I read, the feeling didn’t linger.
From the jacket flap description, it seems like Lab Girl should be about how one woman fights to succeed in the scientific field. But it’s a lot more about how different life working in the field of scientific research can be from really any other career path. Hope Jahren carries on her research despite budget cuts, lack of materials, and administrative support.