Review: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

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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 1960s, and despite the fact that she is a scientist, her male peers are very unscientific when it comes to equality. The only good thing to happen on her road to professional fulfilment is a run-in with famous colleague Calvin Evans, legend and Nobel nominee. He’s also awkward, kind and tenacious. Theirs is true chemistry.
But life is never predictable and three years later Elizabeth Zott is an unwed, single mother and star of America’s best loved cooking show Supper at Six. Her singular approach to cooking – ‘take one pint of H2O and add a pinch of sodium chloride’ – and empowering message prove revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn’t just teaching housewives how to cook, but how to change their lives.
Meet the unconventional, uncompromising Elizabeth Zott.

 Lessons in Chemistry was such a unique book. I don’t tend to pick up historical (although the 1960s hardly seems historical!) fiction, but Elizabeth’s Zott story has appealed to me for a while. I’ve heard such good things about this book, and all of the positive thoughts and feelings I’d heard were well deserved.

Elizabeth Zott was such an interesting character, who was headstrong and brave. Her story was full of honesty about growing up as a woman in science. I loved hearing about her relationship with Calvin, and with her daughter, Mad.

Courage is the root of change—

There were multiple characters introduced throughout this book, and by the end of the story it felt like a lovely found family. I really enjoyed the stories of the side characters too, and I was rooting for them by the end. I rooted for Elizabeth, but I rooted for all of the characters around her as well.

One of my favourite side characters was the dog, Six Thirty. He was the most unique animal companion I’ve seen in a book. The focus on family and friendship was so beautiful and it made me very emotional in places!

and change is what we’re chemically designed to do.

Overall, this book had so many important messages and I really enjoyed the story. I also listened to the audiobook which had an interview with the author at the end and I really liked the narration!

4 out of 5 stars


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