Inspirational memoir: a good read!
Hoopes' writing is engaging, humorous, and insightful. The story of her path from student to scientist will keep you captivated from cover to cover.
--Amazon.com review by hardin47
Above all else the work took this reader on a journey with the author, as she made discoveries about herself, as she grew and changed as a result of her decisions and life choices.
--Suzannah Burke on Sooze Says Things blog
"The author reflects on how her early excitement about science was often quashed by arbitrary rules and outright discrimination... a selection in the book that resonates with me...is the description of how Hoopes was torn by conflicting responsibilities--to a sick child and to the students in her class. In short, this book is... the telling of personal and professional struggles and successes that women readers, old and young, will find poignant." (BioScience (Anne Rosenwald), October, 2011 "Women on the Verge of a Glass-ceiling Breakdown.")
"...a book highlighting her remarkable path in science over the past 50 yr. In this fascinating memoir, you will find the story of a woman in science, drawn with wonder into the biosciences, specifically the study of DNA and aging. ...She tried to "have it all," refusing to choose career over a healthy personal life, and writes openly about the challenges associated with such a decision," from Cell Biology Education--Life Sciences Education (Jay Brewster) "A Life in Science," vol 10, pp237-8 (2011).
"Hoopes sets out to determine how and why she did not become one of the "missing female science professors at Harvard," (p V) and instead finds that she has written a memoir of a woman coming of age in the late 1950s and experiencing the molecular biology revolution first-hand at all levels of her scientific career....Interwoven with the scientific and educational training is a narrative about marriage and family and her studies of gerontology and the larger scientific questions in that field," from Journal of the History of Biology (Kyle McLea) vol 45, pp 357-360 (2012).