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Hailzbailz93 - Good feminist book except the push against religion
I loved this book and the struggle the main character went through as a woman during that time period, but her being atheist was just over the top for me. Even the reverend character ended up not really believing in God, as well as a couple other characters. Science and God go hand in hand but this book works so hard to convince people otherwise. Sigh.
brittany3347 - NO TRIGGER WARNING
This book is a d*mn shame. I felt like the story was off to a great start if it hadn’t been for the horrifying gratuitous rape scene described in such detail that read more like erotic literature than sexual violence. This needs a trigger warning. I wouldn’t have bought it had I known.
Tizzy elvish - Excellent book
What a journey. So well written that I felt everything Elizabeth went through as if it were my own.
Still Beautiful at 60 - Worth Enduring The Rough Start
I really had a hard time embracing Zott in the beginning. She just didn’t have a personality from the 50’s. I found some aspects of her family ridiculous and almost didn’t finish the book. Luckily, I kept with it but the ending was predictable….with a slight twist. Still a good read with some tears based on her ability to inspire other women to pursue their dreams.
caren321 - Hmmmm
The plot was very unrealistic. Didn’t know I purchased an atheist book until it was too late.
mbrough3 - Couldn’t put it down.
Best book I’ve read this year!
TejjTejj - The Chills
I hadn’t read a book (leisurely) in over 2 years. I took a chance and chose to read Lessons on Chemistry and it gave me the right amount of inspiration I needed at this point in my academic journey, my personal journey as a black WOMAN growing in my career, and a Christian trying to figure out how to navigate this new normal we call the 21st century. I don’t want to sound cliche but it was the perfect book I needed to read — call it fate. Great read!
amysnookey - excellent
excellent, so inspiring to hear truth
RickMDinMaine - Lessons in Chemistry
Simply loved this book. It is fresh, poignant, and wise.
Andyrosso21 - Refreshing change
I really enjoyed this book, more than I thought I would. It’s real and raw and goes into life as a women in a world dominated by men. Elizabeth is an inspiring character that continues to move forward regardless of the obstacle that try to push her down and take away her success.
laplayia - Alternating perspectives and solid
An entertaining read, enjoyed the shifts in perspective but slightly too long. Trigger warning for SA and suicide!
Yumi_Splatoon - Radiates girl power!
Very Captivating and enjoyable!
colo barb - Middle School Science
I teach middle school science and Zott is an amazing teacher! She provides a crazy good connection of chemistry to the reality of cooking and life. She inspires me to bring the connectedness to my classes.
Life's Purpose - So Much to Love
Amazing! Original! Scientifically heartwarming!!
Hyper and Controlling Mom - We stand on shoulders
Funny, brilliantly written novel - a walk town what it was like to be a woman in science in the 50s, a reminder of how far we came thanks to the courage of women to blaze new trails. Bonus lessons in rowing, chemistry, cooking, life and love. Just a great read. Thanks Apple Books for the recommendation
laurapetsvet - Fantastic read
This book resonates with truth. And it’s so funny!
mdorney - Ouch!
As a woman who grew up in the 1950’s, I found this story painfully fascinating. I couldn’t put it down.
Readdds4Life - Relatively Entertaining
Not a bad read. Loved the beginning but slowly lost interest throughout the progression of the book.
12345qwertfdsa - Thank-you, Bonnie
This book appears to have been written to entertain Me personally. It worked!
Its_Bacon - Entertaining Read
This was an entertaining read although a little cheesy at times. No regrets reading and would recommend to anyone. The dog is the best character.
SSScubed - Absolutely delightful
I loved this book from the get-go. The characters are all relatable, the dialogue quick and witty. Intelligently written in many ways. I laughed throughout the story, and felt the pain as well. I can see this as a tv series and would definitely watch it. Netflix, are you paying attention? Option it!
MK Burns - Lessons
This novel draws you in and you stay, rooting for Elizabeth and her friends. I couldn’t put this one down.
darl2022 - Good read
A look back to the 1950’s when men were men and women were afraid. A great story about a scientist who won’t give up when people tell her she can’t because she’s a woman.
youcallmesomething - Not wonderful
Good read but too sacharine for my taste .
Maddie'sgrandma - FANTASTIC
This book is by far the best book I have ever read!!!!!
Fenway77 - A lovely story interspersed with much insight and strength
You won’t be disappointed read this love story with many turns and lots of wisdom..
SEOhio - Beyond Extraordinary
Bonnie Garmus has written a poignant, insightful, rebellious, uplifting, haunting, theological, political manifesto for not just women, but for all the men willing to take up our cause and move us toward CHANGE. Thank you from the bottom of my heart-mind....
betterinboise - Loved this book!
I couldn’t put it down. So witty and sweet but also addresses very real issues relating to women and equality. Absolutely brilliant!
GoCowboys - Good read
I liked the book. I thought the ending was abrupt. Interesting read
amwgmail2019 - Witty and heartwarming
Nothing I don’t like about this one. I love the characters, and how the author writes eloquently without stepping up too much. Flawless read!
Prudence702 - Great book!
Hated for it to end.
DANCERVT - Great read
Heart and real life packaged in a great story. The first book I have read in years that I couldn’t put down until it was done.
Imatryin - Lessons in Chemistry
Loved it! Entertaining, refreshing and a superb read.
Blissisberg - Perfect
Amazing! Just solved Christmas gifts for all my female family members and friends. Truth with humor and compelling narrative.
Pdubs71 - Outstanding book
Captivating, funny, sad and ultimately a joyful take on what it means to be a mom, a scientist, a lover and a human being.
Janehowze - A magical book!
You have to suspend belief but I loved this book.
D_Campbell - Soul satisfying read
Life changing- could not put it down….
Dead woman - Lessons in Chemistry
A captivating read. Smart, thoughtful and so much more
AllyDanB - A Bittersweet Adventure
From the first page, the reader is captured by Elizabeth Zott. Her story is heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. I loved every moment!
Woman from Malvia - Fresh Air
Fall 2022: the climate deterioration, our political fabric disintegrating, the social landscape of conflict, intolerance and hatred makes depression settle in and not budge. Lessons in Chemistry brought levity, treated poignant, tragic issues with surgical clarity and the clever prose was genuine relief. Loved every minute spent reading it.
mahh60 - Lessons in Chemistry
One of the best books I have read EVER
jmkl.c - Lessons in Chemistry
Brilliantly written. Intellectually the best read in many years. Humor. YES!! What’s next my new most favorite artist author?
tess5633 - Lessons in Chemistry
I loved this book. It made me laugh out loud at times and then you would get hit with a gut wrenching scene. I loved how the characters were intertwined throughout the story. Excellent book!
Jrebeccas - My mom
I loved how this book put the gender disparity of the post WW2 years in sharp detail. It made me think of my own mother who worked in a man’s world as a design engineer at a steel mill. I have become very proud of my mom due to this book as it presented a point of view I had never considered
mista hedda - Lessons in Chemistry
I had a hard time putting this book down! It was so engaging…A combination of intelligence, laugh out loud humor and the stark reminder of how far we have come, but how much farther we have to go. Please, please write another book ASAP! Heather Gray, Long Beach, California
dbm217 - Charming and scientific
Interesting read with the right balance of science and love
Pinkiemomma - Absolutely perfect
A must read that is as true today as it was in the 60s.
pink dreams - Lessons in chemistry
Loved. Couldn’t put it down after I got past the slower beginning. Highly recommend.
ndp90 - One of the best books I’ve ever read
Heartwarmingly complicated I adored this book
Dr srb - Enchantingly Off-Beat and Meaningful
Zott’s saga is a familiar story told with a slant that suddenly puts everything into focus. As the story progressed I fervently wished Miss Zoltan was real. She became my heroine) after just the first few pages. It was eye-opening and funny at the same time.
Be prepared to learn some important lessons about your personal chemistry: telling the truth is painful, embarrassing or scary ; it is the cost of life and the incandescence of the soul.
Kudos to the author for creativity and enlightenment. In her concise story , she wove a fascinating plot with artful characters coming together like abiogenesis.
I am looking forward to more works from Bonnie Garmus.
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MeYouEveryoneWeKnew - A happy accident!
Best book I’ve read in years! I couldn’t put it down. I happened across it when boarding my flight and I’m so glad I did. The twists and turns keep you yearning for more.
sweetiemonster - Refreshing
One of the best books I have read in awhile.
Go.Talan - Hysterically funny, excellent feminist novel
A very clever funny book about an uncompromising woman decades ahead of her time. Loved it
calianneC - Loved it!
Loved every page! Not sure I’ve said that about a book before—but know it’s been too long if I have.
Catsuperhero💮 - Amazing
Read it in two days poignant, funny, devastating.
Pteturbed - This is a truly brilliant book.
Having several degrees did not protect one from unscrupulous men.
Shaegrey - Satisfying
Wonderful book, start to finish.
Like any myth or fairytale,
truth shines in the hardships through time
over and again,
in this story it’s
a happy understanding of hard beginnings
to the middle and better of an end.
Mini nanner - Lessons in Chemistry
Loved it! Made me laugh, made me cry, made me crazy!
ElleWarr - Excellent book
Excellent book!! I could not put it down. I have not read a good book like this in months.
Lads62 - Inspirational Page Turner
Excellent writing and plot. Couldn’t put it down. Rich and intelligent. Found myself admiring the main characters. Even the dog. We’ll done!
Churrosugar - Loved it
It was a good read. Would recommend
Mcgee'sinAZ - Loved it
A very original and charming feminist novel. The characters have soul and spirit and it’s just quirky enough. Absolutely one of my favorite books this year.
melcha23 - Beautiful
A well written story that invokes passion, courage, and truth. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time, highly recommended.
Adkgrl - Lessons in Chemistry
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, who I told I didn’t know if I could finish it because the beginning was so sad. But I stuck with it and I’m so glad I did. We all have a lot to learn from Elizabeth Zott!
Mmm meggie - Lessons In Chemistry
This book is inspiring, beautiful, at times heartbreaking and I could not put it down. Read it in one sitting.
K8spy - Lessons in life
It was hard to get going but once you commit it is a great read. I enjoyed it.
Mrs. Flabio007 - Read this book!
Made the subject of chemistry quite entertaining.
Hot pepper book - Lessons in Chemistry
Could you not have dropped the "God Is Nonexistent" bomb earlier in the sample, so readers would know what they're buying? Or perhaps had at least one admirable character represent the millions of humans on this earth who do believe in the existence of God? The narrow-minded view of the main character is actually anything but scientific...a shame because the other aspects of her are so relatable and even admirable.
Boo Cha Cha Cha - Wonderfully engaging and clever
I could barely put it down. It’s a fun read which deftly handles Elizabeth’s hurdles and her ultimate triumph over the misogyny in her field.
builder of things - Wow
I rarely write reviews. Well I have never written a review; I guess that counts as rarely. I have never laughed, cried or just thought about a book as I have Lessons in Chemistry. I am a military sci-fi buff, but I have always read widely and believed the best books are about people and their relationships. This book is amongst the best I have read.
Art on fire - Could not put it down.
You won’t be able to either. I was once told by a graduate school interviewer that he would accept anyone in Pants I.e. only men before he would accept me. I had the last laugh because years later I went for my MBA at MIT and was a very successful investment banker.
Walk to fitness! - Great Book …
This is a quick and poignant read that every woman … and many men … will appreciate! Why is the journey to equality so hard?
RGBHOU - Great read
Well written, great story about resilience, perseverance and reality.
bethym61 - Great read
Loved the characters and the actual lessons in chemistry. I also thought the story was very engaging.
Iron Butterfly60 - Lady chemist
I loved this book. It was a Book club recommendation. I had noted it before but might not have read it had it not been on our list to read. The protagonist Elizabeth is simply heroic. The book is written in the 1950s and yet so many of the topics are still relevant. It is a fun book to read but with some turn of events that were heartbreaking. It isn’t a literature but it had depth. I would recommend this book without hesitation. May be more enjoyable for
Women since so many of the topics are relevant to our struggle.
Toscabella - Not worth it
A very stupid book. The story itself was fine, cute even, but it was exaggerated and the setting in the 60s completely unrealistic and unnecessary.
ShorewoodDR - Women of all ages will love this book
Enlightened men, too. In a world where “hilarious” appears on too many book jackets, this book really is, with moments of upset and many twists. The story is told by an omniscient narrator who selectively and deftly gets into the heads of a few key characters, including one very smart dog. Fantastic writing.
"Chihuahua!lvr - Excellent
I read this book in less than 3 days. The only reason it took me that long is because of sleep and work. Well written, entertaining, thoughtful, inspiring work!
Livia_pearl - Inspirational
What a charming and delightful read. As the husband of an amazing woman and father of 3 daughters in their early 20’s I will suggest they all read the story of Elizabeth Zott. She is wonderful!
cmonrean - A surprise
Beautiful story, inspiring, wise and so very timely for women (tragically, even in 2022). Much more than a beach read, I loved it. Every page.
qwertyh16374 - Wonderful
I loved everything about this book. Lots of sad parts, but an equal amount of wit and humor. Excellent storytelling!
Laskalass - Lessons in Chemistry
Excellent read! A look at the status of women in the 50’s and 60’s in America….a fresh look at the mans world of science. But the story will also ellicit laughter and thought provoking insights.
10 ab 13 - Lots of fun!
I loved this book! The characters were so interesting and unique, and the way the story wound around them was lots of fun. Sorry that the story had to end.
Hunterman-a52 - Reads like a movie!
A fun, feel good story that makes you laugh, cry, and think
CatLeLu - Great storyline.
I like to read non-fiction books that evoke some emotion. As a female and professional, I found myself feeling angry for the constant and consistent discrimination Elizabeth encountered. Unfortunately, this type of discrimination is not non-fiction. I think the author did a great job of depicting the challenges that a professional woman faced during that time period. The story line could have been a real one, only names changed to protect the innocent!
Mgusu - It has chemistry
Intelligent, hilarious and moving. It was a pleasure to read.
Brilliant...not - Page Turner!
This is a fabulous book. Could not put it down.
Bugsandbugs - Excellent
The best book I’ve read in a long time. Simple, yet intriguing. Heartwarming, funny and real.
MSimiele - Awesome!
This was well written and interesting from beginning to end.
Lship - Wonderful
An amazing, funny, intelligent read. I’m so happy I found it!
Zenahaaayy - Great read
Fun, witty, and holds your attention till the end. Definitely worth reading ! Great characters.
NJacksonRN - Great read!
gertrude was here - Fun,slightly weird and very enjoyable
I really enjoyed the characters in this book, quirky and despite tragedy and injustice they remain love able and persevere. Tidy, satisfying ending and an extremely entertaining summer read.
KnifeHandLover - LOVED! An adorable book!
KAte01776 - A great book about family
This book highlights the trials and tribulations that women had to endure in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s yet it is very uplifting! Characters are very likable and funny!
Text fan 32 - Funny, clever and very well written
One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I’m recommending it to all my friends. Can’t stop thinking about it!
lisa s pvb - Loved this book!
Great plot, character development, flow!
TCWinger - Fabulous book
We read this for our book club (to be discussed in a few days). I really couldn’t put it down. Not to give any spoilers, once I got about midway through the book, I was laughing out loud for many chapters. Love when that happens with a book. The author certainly has a way with dialogue. I’m going to recommend this book to all my friends. Looking forward to future novels by this author.
Lisa V. from NJ - Just not for me
I read 250 pages of this book, and I didn’t care what happened to the characters
Patty Kuzzy - Amazing
Didn’t want the book to end. To all the young aspiring female scientists take a page or two out of this book for inspiration.