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Lessons in Chemistry

By: Bonnie Garmus
Narrated by: Miranda Raison,Bonnie Garmus,Pandora Sykes
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GMA BOOK CLUB PICK • Meet Elizabeth Zott: “a gifted research chemist, absurdly self-assured and immune to social convention” (The Washington Post) in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show.

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This novel is “irresistible, satisfying and full of fuel” (The New York Times Book Review) and “witty, sometimes hilarious...the Catch-22 of early feminism.” (Stephen King, via Twitter)

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Oprah Daily, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek

Chemist 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 early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them 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.

©2022 Bonnie Garmus (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Making my 3 adult daughters read this

To say I liked this book is too tame. I absolutely loved it. Normally, I only read murder mysteries, but my oldest daughter heard about this and thought I would enjoy it as a break from death and darkness. She was so right! Not saying this doesn’t have darkness in it, but I found myself hoping things would go a certain way, then wishing I would’ve thought the way the author did! The darkness wasn’t devastating. IMO

I was worried I wouldn’t like the technical side, but it made me feel encouraged that I could understand and even relate. Elizabeth reminded me a little of Beth Harmon in The Queens Gambit.

Bonus was 6:30, the dog. You just have to read this to get see what I mean. It kept me engaged to the very end.

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PERFECTION!

I've listened to many hundreds of Audible books over the years and a fair number have been loved deeply. However I have NEVER felt compelled to write a review until now. I didn't know what to expect from this story - but what I got was perfection. Perfect reader, perfect characters, perfect story. Did I say it is perfect? I couldn't stop listening. Strong women, science, a dog, a kid, challenging/believably unbelievable circumstances. I gasped, I cringed, I laughed out loud, I took deep breaths, I pondered wise words... What a ride! I seldom listen to a book twice...this one I will. And I'll be buying the hardcover to have and to hold. I can't wait for the next Bonnie Garmus creation!

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A would that I had lived my life more like this.

A delight to listen to. I am 82 and cannot go back and relive my ml life but if I could, this novel would be a guide. Delicious, and thought provoming. was smart enough to reach HS chemistry but not BOLD enough to teach even higher.

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Can’t believe this is a best seller

Any book that feels the need to narrate from a dog’s point of view is a waste of time, even in fiction. So unnecessary to have imbued this dog with human perspectives. The dog also supposedly navigates a route he’s never taken, fakes a heat stroke to gain entrance to a building. Ridiculous. it wasn’t supposed to be fantasy.

The main character is unnecessarily over the top as well. The author ruined her own story.

The fact that no producer or editor caught the performers hatchet job on Jack Lalane’s name was beyond inexcusable and a distraction as it was repeated at least 20 times in the book.

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don't get the rave reviews

About 9 chapters in, I couldn't take any more. The characters are wooden. And enough about rowing!

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WOW

This is truly one of those books that I will listen to again and probably buy in print too. The characters are people I can’t get enough of. So much truth and relevance. Thank you Bonnie Garmus. The narrator was perfect.

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Potential

While there were parts of the story I enjoyed and could relate to, the overall hatred of God and people of faith was quite off putting. The ignorance of entropy, a basic scientific principle and how in nature things never become more organized and orderly from muck or an explosion but rather go from order to chaos (or disorder) is a powerful scientific proof of God and Intelligent design. To reduce our lives to simply chemistry is a sad generalization and gross underestimation of the beauty of life and made the characters in the book quite one dimensional. The harsh and angry undertones of the author were very apparent. Overall , the implausibility of the events was much of what I disliked. I would save yourself a few hours and read something else.

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Ridiculous storyline, sloppy narration

First, whoever was responsible for monitoring the narration was asleep at the wheel. This story takes place in the U.S., where the word "been" is pronounced "bin", NOT "bean"; and the name of the oft-mentioned American fitness guru - who I remember from my younger days - is pronounced "lah-lain", NOT "lah-lann". Sloppy!
As far as the writing, the main character was way too uptight and unsympathetic. The notion that a dog had higher reasoning and comprehension that normal dogs was ridiculous. I had to push myself to finish this book.

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Where's the Plot

I was so impressed by all the glowing reviews and was sure I would love this book about a strong woman. But 3/4 way into it, I am afraid I stand with the tiny minority of people who wrote negative reviews here. I found the relentlessly sexist and misogynistic experiences to be depressing and pointless, not inspiring. The book just lists one terrible thing after another happening to Elizabeth, and yes she is "plucky" in that she keeps going but that's really all she does and you never get to see what is going on in her head or in her heart. I just didn't care what happened to her or the story. And I am a super liberal person who actually agrees with Elizabeth's views toward social and religious issues so that was not my problem with the book. I hope Audible will let me get my credit back.

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Enjoyable but one blemish

Empowering story about women and careers. Calls attention to sexism in a straightforward tale of characters who triumph over multiple obstacles to their education and success.
However, the daughter is 4 -5 years old and yes her parents are brilliant and she may be a genius but her emotional maturity is so unrealistic along with her ridiculously advanced vocabulary and thought processes that her character became comical to me. I found this to be a serious flaw, otherwise I enjoyed this book.

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