This book was a delight! I wish I could read it again for the first time.
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus was definitely a "Bookstagram made me read it" novel! I love when the enthusiasm of fellow readers influences my reading more than the major marketing budgets of publishers. This book deserves all the praise it's received and more. I'm excited it will be the basis for a series on Apple TV.
This is historical fiction, but don't dismiss this if you don't usually read the genre. Set in the early 1960s, main character Elizabeth Zott is a woman ahead of her time. She's a talented scientist, but societal norms, a sexist boss, and a personal tragedy make it impossible for her to continue her career working in a lab.
When hosting a cooking show is her only viable employment option, she teaches chemistry lessons to her housewife viewers (and their children) while doing so. This reminded me of early days of America's Test Kitchen on PBS. This is just one example of Elizabeth doing things in the manner that makes sense to her regardless of the status quo. I could definitely learn something from her!
The characters in this novel are so memorable and include a rescued dog named Six-Thirty. I rarely re-read books, but I would definitely listen to the audiobook after first reading a print copy.
I enjoyed this book, but it brought out mixed feelings in me. With so many things going against her, Elizabeth Zott survives and thrives. It's amazing how far women have come and how far women still have to go. So many of the things Elizabeth experienced in the 1960s are still going on today in the classroom, relationships and workplace. I look forward to what Bonnie Garmus writes in the future.
Fantastic! I went out on a limb with this one and ended up loving it. I love it when that happens!
I sometimes hesitate to read books that are trendy because when people say "you HAVE to read this" or "It's the best book ever" I often end up dissapointed. This is one of the exceptions where the book really does live up to the hype. The voice of the main character won me over as soon as I started it and I'm awfully glad I picked it up.
At times, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus is funny. At times, it is heartbreaking. Some of it seems over the top. The book nevertheless resonates with me. It is set in the 1950s and 1960s. Yet, so many of the conversations â particularly about gender biases â continue today. To me, that often speaks to the success of a book. It takes me as the reader on a journey, and somewhere along the way, the readers see some part of their own journey reflected in it.
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The best book I've read so far this year! Great story, awesome characters, funny, sad and full of hope! Highly Recommend!