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Woman in a kitchen with laboratory vibes holding the book, "Lessons in Chemistry"

“Lessons in Chemistry” is about cooking your way out of a “man’s world”

Lessons in Chemistry is not the best book from a literary perspective, but the story is so engaging that you won’t care. It’s a kind of feminist fairy tale set in the early sixties. As readers, we can see how far we have come from the days that women were suspect for even wanting to …

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A group of 1960's teens hang out together.

Jonathan Franzen’s Crossroads: Remember church youth group?

Jonathan Franzen’s Crossroads novel is also possibly the greatest name for a church youth groups I’ve ever heard. This is a subculture this man knows about. How many of us were a part of one, at least briefly? I remember it as being just as weird as author Franzen describes it, for just as many …

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