Lessons in Chemistry
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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.”
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