Review: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

It is absolutely no wonder this book has won so many accolades.  The storytelling is wonderful and I’m always a sucker for a strong female lead!  Don’t let the cute cover fool you – there are many sad chapters in this book.  Be prepared to strap yourself in for the ride until the very end, because the journey isn’t easy.

Although it takes place in the past, the themes are absolutely still relevant today. Women in STEM careers are underpaid, overlooked, and taken advantage of at every opportunity.  To have a novel address this issue so well is a gift and a blessing.

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Back Cover Copy of Lessons In Chemistry:

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.

About Bonnie Garmus:

Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter and creative director who has worked for a wide range of clients, in the US and abroad, focusing primarily on technology, medicine, and education. She’s an open water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two pretty amazing daughters. Most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.

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