Lessons in Chemistry

By: Bonnie Garmus

“Often the best way to deal with the bad … is to turn it on end – use it as a strength, refuse to allow the bad thing to define you. Fight it.”

Elizabeth Zott is a chemist in the 1960s and works at Hastings Institute with an all male team. None of them seem to want her there, that is, except Calvin Evans. He falls in love with her but life is unpredictable and years later, she finds herself a single mother. As a single mother, she needs a job, so she starts working on a TV program called Supper at Six, where she teaches cooking through chemistry. But she’s not just teaching women how to cook, she’s encouraging them to advance and be more than a housewife.

I’m in the minority when it comes to this book. I cannot give it any more than three stars, and that is being generous. This book was just not for me. This not to say that the author isn’t talented, the book just didn’t resonate with me. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters. The book was described as laugh out loud funny, and I didn’t laugh once. Elizabeth’s daughter, Mad, and her dog Six-Thirty were completely unrealistic characters. I did enjoy Harriet, the neighbor across the street who helped out Elizabeth. I also didn’t see the small twist coming at towards the end of the book. I did appreciate Elizabeth being ahead of her time and encouraging women to take a chance and become more. Overall, it was just okay for me. I know a lot of people enjoyed it, but as I said, it was just not for me.

If you haven’t read this yet, and would like to, you can get your copy here.


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