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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”

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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 be in the workplace. But we can also feel that there is hope for those of us who stand up for who we are. To be honest, my biggest disappointment is that Garmus wraps up the story so thoroughly because I really wanted to know more about all of the characters.

I had a little bit of trouble at the beginning of this book because it’s barely believable, but once I got going, I was all in. I even liked the English-understanding dog who takes turns as a narrator. Somehow, Garmus makes it work. I didn’t hate her precocious offspring, Mad, either, although she irritates plenty of the characters in the book.

Lessons in Chemistry is the perfect pick-me-up whenever you need one…it got me through a mid-July heat wave.

Can I Find This in my Library?

I checked this book out on Libby from a library who was offering it with no waiting/no holds in July, 2022. It was a Good Morning America pick, which means most libraries will have it in print, audiobook, and e-book.

Want more?

Cooking and home economics was historically a pathway into the sciences for women. To find out more, check out our earlier post on The Secret History of Home Economics by Danielle Drelinger.

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