I found this memoir of a scientist profoundly moving. I loved how she elegantly described chapters on how plants work, which also worked as metaphors for various episodes in her life. Her research seems intriguing in the way it spans field work and lab analysis. Her struggles with doing science, dealing with sexism, and coping with mental illness contain an enduring sense of humour and optimism and a platonic love for her loyal and eccentric collaborator Bill. But her obsessively long hours affirmed that life as a professional scientist would not have been for me.