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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Transworld Books
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5/5

About The Book

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.
But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take 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.

My Thoughts

I’m a chemist. Not a woman chemist. A chemist.

The most powerful book I’ve read lately; real and without tabus, brilliant.
I’ll admit that I was intrigued with this book, I really didn’t know much about the plot but as a scientist I couldn’t resist reading it. And I don’t have words to say how much I loved it, powerful and direct, impossible to not love it.
This is the story of the chemist Elizabeth Zott; she is an intelligent and brave woman. Impossible to not fall in love with her story and want to know what will happen next! The book doesn’t have an open ending, but I would love to know more about her, her daughter and her dog, Six Thirty!
I don’t think this is a book you should know the plot before reading it, just let the story flow and become a Zott fan, I am surprised that there’s not yet a fan page!
This is a book everyone should read, men and women, it states some facts that we all should accept. Because even if this can seem like a feminist book, it’s not really, it simply shows that men and women have not ever been treated equally. But you know what enraged me? This book is based on the 1960s and the scientist world is exactly the same. It really hasn’t changed at all; women are abused, ignored, mistreated and misrepresented the same. Can you believe it? 60 years have passed in the story of this book, but the world has not changed at all, don’t you get mad too?
This is a book about friendship, family, love and science, a must read!
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About The Author

BONNIE GARMUS is a copywriter/creative director who has worked for a wide range of clients, focusing primarily on technology, medicine, and education. She is an open-water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two wonderful daughters. Most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.


2 thoughts on “Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

  1. I found your great review on the web and just wanted to say thanks so much–your words meant a lot, and YES–things have not really changed for women in science, have they? Glad you’re out there fighting the good fight. Keep it up!

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