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Bonnie Garmus

Autor(a) de Lessons in Chemistry

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Obras por Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry (2022) 5,192 exemplares


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Data de nascimento
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California, USA
Locais de residência
Seattle, Washington, USA
London, England, UK



Lessons in Chemistry is a timely lesson in dealing with the indignation of injustice. Through Elizabeth’s eccentric story—where half the time you’re incensed on her behalf as a female scientist in the 1950s and ‘60s and the other half you’re laughing at the dark, deadpan humor—we learn how to deal with broken systems without becoming broken victims. It’s really a beautiful, zany story about life: challenge and change and courage and chemistry.

This book is everything. Reading it felt like an amalgamation of watching a Wes Anderson film and reading Fredrik Backman’s “Anxious People,” while also being completely original and organic. I laughed; I cried; I felt a gamut of emotions: caustic ire, sorrow, protectiveness, joy, hope. It’s all here—all the properties needed for the best kind of chemical reaction: a perfect read.

Here’s just a sampling of what I loved:
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lizallenknapp | 282 outras críticas | Apr 20, 2024 |
Read on audio. A very popular book that was getting all the buzz in the last year, as well as a series on Apple. Set in the late 50's, Elizabeth Zott is a highly intelligent woman, who has to deal with the misogyny of the times. She's expelled from a doctoral program because she was a victim of assault by her advisor, she gets a lab tech job, but when her famous chemist boyfriend passes away, she's fired as being because she's going to be an unwed mother. Through circumstances she becomes a famous host of a cooking show, despite all the push backs of her male superiors. And in the end, because it makes perfect sense 😁, she leaves her cooking show to go back triumphantly to her life as a research chemist and all is figuratively right with the world. A very good read.… (mais)
mahsdad | 282 outras críticas | Apr 19, 2024 |
This is an historical fiction set in the 1950s and 1960s by American author Bonnie Garmus. It is a quirky feminist story featuring scientist Elizabeth Zott who despite her brilliance struggles to make her way in a man’s world. I enjoyed the geeky romance with fellow scientist Calvin Evans and then the parts narrated by their adorable and worldly-wise dog Six-thirty. When her career in science is sabotaged by creepy misogynist bosses, Elizabeth is forced to accept a job as a television cooking show host. The only problem is she and the producers have vastly different ideas about what that entails. The show had envisioned a feminine cooking hour catering to their idea of stereotypical 1950s housewives. Elizabeth Zott sees it very differently. She is a scientist; to her cooking is merely chemistry and she sees no reason at all that housewives would not wish to further their knowledge of science. It turns out she is right and the show is a runaway success despite the power-plays and attempts at control by the patriarchy.

This was a light enjoyable read for me. There were moments of humour, there were also a few scenes dealing with sexual assault, in keeping with the theme of feminism and misogyny. Her daughter seemed unrealistically old for her age and things ended very neatly, but this was an entertaining story and the audio narration by Miranda Raison was well done. 4stars
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mimbza | 282 outras críticas | Apr 19, 2024 |



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