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Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel | Bonnie Garmus
"Set in 1960s California, this blockbuster debut is the hilarious, idiosyncratic and uplifting story of a female scientist whose career is constantly derailed by the idea that a woman's place is in the home, only to find herself starring as the host of America's most beloved TV cooking show. Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it's the 1960s and despite the fact that she is a scientist, her peers are very unscientific when it comes to equality. The only good thing to happen to her on the road to professional fulfillment is a run-in with her super-star colleague Calvin Evans (well, she stole his beakers.) The only man who ever treated her-and her ideas-as equal, Calvin is already a legend and Nobel nominee. He's also awkward, kind and tenacious. Theirs is true chemistry. But as events are never as predictable as chemical reactions, three years later Elizabeth Zott is an unwed, single mother (did we mention it's the early 60s??) and the star of America's most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth's singular approach to cooking ('take one pint of H2O and add a pinch of sodium chloride') and independent example are proving revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn't just teaching women how to cook, she's teaching them how to change the status quo. Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist"--
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Roxanareads
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I watched the TV series first which prompted me to read the book. An unlikely love story between two extraordinarily unique characters that are both emotionally damaged. The eclectic mixture of characters and side storylines created a wonderful book that is unforgettable.

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shortsarahrose
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“Frask looked back, shocked. ‘Same,‘ she said limply.”

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shortsarahrose
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“‘Flip-outs,‘ he insisted, getting in his car. ‘Yesterday one of my kids hit the other with a shovel.‘”

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BookmarkTavern
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Mehso-so

Elizabeth‘s life is sent into turmoil after her love is tragically killed, she discovers she‘s pregnant, & she‘s fired from her chemistry research job because of the pregnancy. She decides to pursue her love of chemistry in another way - a cooking show.

I appreciated the story, but I really disliked all the POV hopping. (Except you Six-Thirty, you‘re a delight.) I did love the family Elizabeth built for herself & Mad was charming. 🌕🌕🌗🌑🌑

BookmarkTavern CW 👇🏻 5d
BookmarkTavern Chapter 3 sexual assault, Chapter 33 attempted sexual assault, and general warning for brief references to past suicide (edited) 5d
peanutnine I'm on chapter nine of this one right now for my bookclub and finding it really hard to want to pick back up 5d
BookmarkTavern @peanutnine I thought about bailing a couple times too, but this was a book club pick for me as well! Honestly, I enjoyed it a lot more once Elizabeth was actually working on the show. 5d
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shortsarahrose
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“‘A moment where *you* are your own priority. Just you. Not your baby, not your work, not your dead Mr. Evans, not your filthy house, not anything. Just you. Elizabeth Zott. Whatever you need, whatever you want, whatever you seek, reconnect with it in that moment.‘ She gave a sharp tug to her fake pearls. ‘Then recommit.‘”

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shortsarahrose
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“‘References could be a problem,‘ he added, stepping out into the hall.
‘Coattails,‘ Frask whispered.”

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kellock
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What a wonderful book this was

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one 🧡 1w
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kellock
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Next up . . . Another recent 99p purchase. Must. Stop. Buying. Them.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one 🧡 2w
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Birdsong28
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#UkKindleDailyDeal
Grab this while you can. One of the best books I have read in the last few years and it is finally here for 99p!

@trishb @Cathythoughts @Oryx @squirrelbrain @julesG @RebelReader @Andrew65

squirrelbrain Thanks for the tag - I read it before it was even published! 🤪 2w
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chig22
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👍

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Margot0817
Mehso-so

While I can see the book is well written, but definitely not life changing, this book is not for me because if it's topics. It's full of toxic feminism that says"I can do whatever I want while also never being wrong. I will also not accept any kind of constructive criticism whatsoever." The author also clearly has a hatred for God that's so repetitive it makes me what to scream "YEAH WE GET THE POINT." The book has good bones, but, overall, YUCK

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Maggie4483
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What‘s the rule? Match your purse to your pants and your book to your big dumb cup?

This was a soft pick for me. The story was engaging, but it sometimes felt like Elizabeth Zott was a caricature of a smart person - like a hot, sad, female version of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. I just felt like she was unrealistically obtuse. I loved Mad and Six-Thirty, though.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one 🧡🐾 4w
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Judybskt
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BookmarkTavern Wonderful choice! Thanks for answering! 1mo
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Agabriv
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Elizabeth Zott is a chemist in a time where women weren‘t allowed to be any other thing than a housewife. She encourages other to look for more. She raised Mad in a way that allowed each other to learn and gave her tools to know how she should make her path in this world.

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Blh87
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What a fun reminder of how infuriating it is to be female! This book was incredibly frustrating and very sad, but it was very good.

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Therewillbebooks
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Spring is upon us and what better way to celebrate than to add to our TBR? This month we decided to add a “dad bio“ and a bestseller to our TBR but the real question is did we add just two books? Lots of fun this week, with a great list of books discussed. Matt's question to everybody is, “Are we at a TBR tipping point?“ As always thanks for listening and supporting us!

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1XqrWylOjG1cKCYS6aqcow

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Blh87
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Just a potato puppy (even though she is 7) appreciation post. She‘s a cuddly snoozy suzy. We love our Justice Ginsburg❤️

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Mshookquilts
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This may be the best book I‘ve read this year and was a delightful compelling surprise. Elizabeth Zott is a focused chemist of high intellect who falls in love with another equally brilliant scientist. At his death she finds herself pregnant and without a job. A story of a strong woman who has learned to survive and make true friends despite the cruelty around.

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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/9MabKSZ-Ph0

Enjoy!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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One of my favorites! I loved Six-Thirty 🐶🧡🐾

Gosh this has been a long and exhausting work week 😬 one more day!!

#SpringSkies
#AnimalPOV

Teresereading Loved the book and the series on Apple TV 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Teresereading I don‘t have Apple 😩 3mo
Jari-chan I liked the book mainly because of Six-Thirty 🤭 3mo
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Eggs Phenomenally touching 🙌🏻 3mo
Teresereading @Jari-chan sadly6.30 doesn‘t feature as much in the series 3mo
DebinHawaii Such a long week! 😵 I loved the book & Sux-Thirty was my favorite too! 🐕 💜 3mo
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Kristelh
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks fantastic!! 3mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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While this book took me much too long to finish, it was not the book‘s fault. It lived up to the hype for me. I laughed and cried many times. And fueled my female rage a bit. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have been in a reading slump for the past two months. I steamed through January but then lost my mojo in February. I had surgery last week and thought I‘d be nonstop reading but I didn‘t until Monday. Then I started really getting into it. Hopefully I‘m back.

Avanders Hope surgery went well!! And I hear you re slump… I feel like I‘m kinda coming out of a year-and-a-half slump! 3mo
Cortg Wishing you a speedy recovery! I‘ve been in a reading slump which is unusual for me, but I‘m crushing the audiobooks for some reason. 3mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Avanders thanks. I think it did. I just read the new Wayward Children book this afternoon and plan on starting The Boy Who Cried Bear by Kelley Armstrong tonight so I‘m hoping my slump is gone. 3mo
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MaleficentBookDragon @Cortg thank you. Usually audiobooks help me through slumps but I‘ve been listening to You Love Me for over 3 months! I should DNF it but I just can‘t give up on Joe (or actually Santino as narrator). If all else fails I‘ll start the Murderbot Diaries on audio again. They are always fun. 3mo
Avanders Nice! Yeah it can definitely depend on the book these days… it‘s much harder to just “push through” than it was a couple years ago! And glad to hear surgery … likely went well ☺️🙏🏽 (edited) 3mo
Gissy Have a soon recovery ♥️ 3mo
TheLudicReader Hope you recover quickly and find your reading mojo again soon! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My book also looks like this! Get well soon ❤️‍🩹 3mo
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kricheal
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I am so obsessed with Elizabeth Zott. 5 stars #audio #9 #2024

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xicanti
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I‘m loving LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY, just like the friend who leant it to me promised I would! It‘s one of those stories I can fall right into and fully inhabit, though I don‘t find it as funny as the jacket copy says it is. I mean, there‘re funny bits here and there, but on the whole I don‘t find sexism gives me a lot to laugh at. 🤷‍♀️

Elizabeth would disapprove of my Spice Tailor supper, but it‘s so tasty I ain‘t even sorry. These kits are delish.

sarahbarnes Such a great book! 3mo
xicanti @sarahbarnes it really is. I‘m sad just didn‘t have time to finish it tonight. 3mo
BiblioLitten That looks like chole (chickpea curry)! 5d
xicanti @BiblioLitten it is! It‘s my favourite. 5d
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Sci.Cricketts
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A very emotional story in terms of what women have to do to fight to be heard. So many obstacles that could have been avoided if given the voice.

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perfectsinner

Finally starting my Christmas present

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451Degrees
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Have you ever read a book that drove you to utter rage… the want to throw the book across the room at the injustice against the characters? I am awestruck by this book, it pulled on all my emotions like I was a character right alongside Elizabeth. If you‘ve had this one on the back burner or a TBR do yourself a favor and just pick it up!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one! 4mo
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Deifio
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Borrowed from my mum. Can't wait to start!

julesG Enjoy! I really liked it 4mo
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TheSpineView
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Happy Tuesday! Today's questions are inspired by several of my friends that are currently in the process of moving. It got me to thinking which is always a dangerous thing. Have a fabulous day! My answers:
1️⃣ April 2022 I sold my house in Asheville and moved to my lake house in SC.
2️⃣ Lessons in Chemistry

Want to play? @Eggs @dabbe @Read4life @Cupcake12 @BookmarkTavern @Susanita @TheBookHippie @Born.A.Reader @Ruthiella @AmyG @JenReadsAlot

BookmarkTavern Thanks for the tag! 💕 4mo
GlassAsDiamonds It surprises me there aren‘t more thrillers / cozy mystery/ detective fiction featuring GRIZZLY moving related MURDERS … suppose the suspense would be limited 🤣 4mo
Ruthiella Thanks for the tag! The last time I moved was 20 years ago. I‘m glad to be in one place for a stretch. Moving is stressful! 4mo
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Eggs Thank you 🙏🏻🙏🏻 4mo
AmyG Thanks for the tag! 😘 4mo
dabbe Will do; thanks for the tag! 😘 4mo
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451Degrees
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Goodness I‘m not even 20 pages into this book and I am up in arms for Elizabeth!! Seriously the women before us had such an uphill climb trying to have a career without being belittled by men😠😤

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Bec_lectic
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I waited so long to read this and finally got the opportunity! A good story with some good characters. It‘s an anthem to all strong woman out there trying to pave their way in the world. I loved the science aspect of it as I work in a lab as well. The author dabbled a little bit about chemistry but not so much as to off put readers without an interest in Chemistry. Overall, just a good story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Birdsong28
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Out on 29/2/24!!

How beautiful is that😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Very tempted by this especially as it has brand new content from the author.

RebelReader Way better cover than the one I read! I saw the author in person and she hated the first cover too. 4mo
julesG Me, too. 4mo
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Night_Reader
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3.5/5 🌟

On my second try with this book, I almost gave up after 100 pages (again), but persistence paid off as the second half improved. I understand the varied opinions – it's a book that evokes different reactions. I didn't have strong feelings either way, but I'm pleased the ending clarified a few things and enhanced my opinion of the book.

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Martta
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I loved this! Such a interesting combination of heavy themes and humor that made me smile. I would love to read more books like this! Characters were written really well and I felt the main character really inspiring.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one 🧡 5mo
Suet624 You‘re right. I wish there were more books like this. They‘re hard to find. 5mo
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tjwill
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I read this for a book club and I‘m so glad I did. Elizabeth Zott, Calvin Evans, Mad Zott, amd Six-Thirty are all great characters with so much depth. I love how Elizabeth did the best she could despite the sexism of a male-dominated job (and society), and that she raised Mad to be uniquely herself.

AvidReader25 I thought the miniseries did an incredible job bringing the book to life! 5mo
tjwill @AvidReader25 I don‘t have Apple+, so I haven‘t seen the series, but I‘ve heard good things! 5mo
AvidReader25 @tjwill We just got it and I‘m so glad I finally got to see it! 5mo
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Martta
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Spoiled myself a bit today with chocolate cake as a desert after lunch. 🥰🍰

This book makes me smile! 😍

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Martta
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Lunch & book ❤️

Ruthiella Looks delicious 😋 5mo
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Melkyl
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I went into this not really knowing what it was about. I knew it had been a buzzy book, and my book club picked it. It is much more serious than I expected from looking at the cover, and I really liked it. I think it is an excellent reminder to women today how hard women in previous generations had to fight to get us the rights that some of us take for granted.

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Shaaaannnn
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10/10. I LOVED this book. I‘m not a chemist but I do have a degree in environmental science. I couldn‘t imagine what it would‘ve been like trying to get my degree in the year 1960. This is an important read that absolutely everyone should read. 💕

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“Courage is the root of change—and change is what we‘re chemically designed to do.”

#Womeninscience
#NewYearNewBooks

One of my all time favorites 🔬🧡✏️ 🐶

Megabooks Agree! Watching the series with my parents and it‘s so good! Very faithful to the book. 5mo
Eggs Wonderful book 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
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Martta
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New book started 🤩

Megabooks Enjoy!! 5mo
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Shaaaannnn

They were more than friends, more than confidants, more than allies, and more than lovers. If relationships are a puzzle, then theirs was solved from the get-go- as if someone shook out the box and watched from above as each separate piece landed exactly right, slipping one into the other, fully interlocked, into a picture that made perfect sense.

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ReadWithHannah
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Loved the storyline - a few twists, humour, and sadness. The fast speed of the book kept me engaged. My only criticism is that it is not realistic - it is only a story as this kind of feminism and female empowerment sadly never would have happened in the 60s. Then again, for me, the story would never have been as good without these aspects and Elizabeth‘s not so subtle tips on live TV. The narrator of the audiobook was perfect too!

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Just.Linds
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2nd book of 2024! So far have read some really great fiction with solid plot lines. Adored all characters in this and love that their were different point of views intertwined! Six-thirty has my heart and made me squeeze my pups extra tight💓

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ReadWithHannah
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Nearly two hours into my first audiobook of 2024 and I‘m hooked. I‘ve heard great things and it‘s already living up to them. Bring on a positive start to the New Year!

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And my winner is... Lessons In Chemistry 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
I loved Elizabeth. And Six Thirty.

Sharpeipup Have you been watching the show? 6mo
bookandbedandtea @Sharpeipup No, I completely forgot they made a show! Are you watching? Is it good? 6mo
Sharpeipup I‘ve watched a few episodes and it‘s a pretty good adaptation. My non-reader friends are loving it! 6mo
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