Lessons in Chemistry

by Bonnie Garmus | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0385547374 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingdjf1968wing of San Ramon, California USA on 3/9/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by wingdjf1968wing from San Ramon, California USA on Thursday, March 9, 2023
One of 20 titles recommended to me by a Facebook friend when I posted a "read 12 recommendations in 12 months" challenge for 2023. I've pledged to read all of them this year.

Journal Entry 2 by wingdjf1968wing at San Ramon, California USA on Monday, October 23, 2023
One of the 22 books I’ve been challenged by Facebook friends to read in 2023, I’ve read a variety of disparate reviews on this, and wasn’t sure what to expect. Elizabeth Zott is a chemist, completely out of her element in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when a woman’s role in business and society was very tightly defined in our culture. Rejected by the male-dominated academic and professional scientific community, Zott finds herself in front of a TV camera – the star of an afternoon cooking show. She makes it her own, weaving foundations of chemistry into every episode and encouraging a generation of American housewives to consider not just “who we are or what we’re made of, but rather, what we’re capable of becoming.”

I found this book both entertaining and thought provoking. Bonnie Garmus has a *wicked* sense of humor, which she sprinkles like seasoning throughout the story. My mother would have been about the same age as Elizabeth Zott, and I know she faced some of the very same challenges. I’m glad I read this – it gave me a new appreciation for the women who opened doors for the generations to follow. Overall a fun read.

Some fun quotes:

“While we may be born into families, it doesn’t necessarily mean we belong to them.”

“One thing I’ve learned, Calvin: people will always yearn for a simple solution to their complicated problems. It’s a lot easier to have faith in something you can’t see, can’t touch, can’t explain, and can’t change, rather than to have faith in something you actually can.”

“They were the kind of people who make up the majority of every company — normal people who do normal work, and who occasionally get promoted into management with uninspiring results. People who weren’t going to change the world, but neither were they accidentally going to blow it up.”

“Idiots made it into every company. They tended to interview well.”

“Failures, by their very nature, had a way of being unforgettable.”

“In short, the reduction of women to something less than men, and the elevation of men to something more than women, is not biological; it’s cultural.”

Journal Entry 3 by wingdjf1968wing at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, November 18, 2023

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Thank you so much for this book, the delicious sourdough bread, and the teas. Such a fun and lovely package!

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