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Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel (original 2022; edition 2022)

by Bonnie Garmus (Author)

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Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with, of all things, her mind. True chemistry results. But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America's most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth's unusual approach to cooking proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn't just teaching women to cook. She's daring them to change the status quo.… (more)
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Title:Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel
Authors:Bonnie Garmus (Author)
Info:Doubleday (2022), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages
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A fun easy read but I didn't relate to the main character. I am a scientist and I was a rower and I did not get the feeling that she understood either scientists or rowers. And even with that major flaw it was still a fun read. ( )
  KamGeb | Jun 15, 2024 |
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Bonnie Garmus - Lessons in Chemistry: It does a severe disservice to this novel to call it a farce (even if technically it is one). It is comedic, and yet it is a deeply serious reflection of the life of women in the 1950s and beyond. #cursorybookreviews #cursoryreviews ( )
  khage | Jun 14, 2024 |
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Genre: Historical Fiction
Read: March 2023

I don’t typically like this sort of genre, but I must say, I loved this from beginning to end.

It’s every single emotion written into one book. It captures the era perfectly and hones in on the assumptions and blatant sexism women endured in this time, however, it’s not all bad. The people Elizabeth Zott meets throughout her story who rally behind her is so heartwarming. Elizabeth is quite simply fabulous, I love her and wish she was real so I could meet her! Equally amazing is her daughter Mad and dog Six-Thirty.

Overall, I think the author did an amazing job with this! I’m always a sucker for strong female characters, and Elizabeth Zott has topped every expectation. ( )
  booked.and.listening | Jun 11, 2024 |
4.25

Despite Elizabeth being a bit of an unlikable character (the pretentious use of chemical terminology in place of common vernacular/labels was ridiculous), the graphic on page rape and sexual assault scenes, the unbelievable bits (my 3.5 year old could read and write but ain’t nobody believes a 4 year old is reading and comprehending complex Russian literature), and the other problematic parts, I actually really enjoyed this.

I liked the writing style and a lot of the other characters. There was a lovely found family aspect and the romance was gut wrenching and beautiful - the grief hit me in the feels hard. I liked the feminist aspects and pacing also.
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  spiritedstardust | Jun 1, 2024 |
Loved this. Miniseries was so enjoyable, and the book is even better. ( )
  DocHobbs | May 27, 2024 |
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Garmus, Bonnieprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bosch, EefjeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carella, MariaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raison, MirandaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sykes, PandoraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Timmermann, KlausTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my mother, Mary Swallow Garmus
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Back in 1961, when women wore shirtwaist dresses and joined garden clubs and drove legions of children around in seatbeltless cars without giving a second thought; back before anyone knew there’d even be  a sixties movement, much less one that it’s participants would spend the next sixty years chronicling: back when the big wars were over and the secret wars had just begun and people were starting to think  and believe everything was possible, the thirty-year-old mother of Madeline Zott rose before dawn every morning and felt certain of just one thing: her life was over.
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"Look," he said, "life has never been fair, and yet you continue to operate as if it is—as if once you get a few wrongs straightened out, everything else will fall into place. They won't. You want my advice?" And before she could say no, he added, "Don't work the system. Outsmart it."
If relationships are a puzzle, then theirs was solved from the get-go—as if someone shook out the box and watched from above as each separate piece landed exactly right, slipping one into the other, fully interlocked, into a picture that made perfect sense. They made other couples sick.
Thus the topic of family was like a cordoned-off room on a historic home tour.
"Call it a family tradition. Dying in accidents."
"No, I mean, was she also very religious?"
Elizabeth hesitated. "Only if you count greed as a religion."
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Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with, of all things, her mind. True chemistry results. But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America's most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth's unusual approach to cooking proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn't just teaching women to cook. She's daring them to change the status quo.

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Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.
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