Lessons in Chemistry Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Brought to you by Penguin.
Includes an exclusive author interview with Pandora Sykes.
Your ability to change everything - including yourself - starts here.
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.
But it's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take 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.
Meet the unconventional, uncompromising Elizabeth Zott.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 56 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.co.uk Release Date||05 April 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 10 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
2 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
33 in Literary Fiction (Books)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2022
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Elizabeth Zott is a Chemist in the 1960’s, the only problem is that everyone else sees her as everything but that! Her male colleagues won’t take her seriously and see her as nothing but a woman who has ideas above her station. Although they are all threatened by her greatness and are more than happy to steal her work. All apart from Calvin Evans who is also a chemist and known for his greatness in the field of science. Calvin never looks down on Elizabeth and they start a relationship that would have beautifully stood the test of time.
Unfortunately life doesn’t always go to plan and Elizabeth finds herself alone and as a single mother. She finds herself presenting a tv show called Supper at Six, she uses this as her platform to give ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ to the women of America who she knows are meant to be doing greater things than being typecast as a wife and mother - she empowers them to do great things with their lives.
From the first to the very last word of this book I was hooked. Elizabeth Zott is an absolute legend of a main character, I was rooting for her throughout the whole story. This book is fiction, but it had me pondering on more than one occasion what it must have been like to be a woman at this time, I’m so glad that women like Elizabeth Zott make it possible for me to have the life and freedom that I have today.
Elizabeth is a very serious character, a bit like her story but it is told with comedic moments that did have me laughing out loud, especially how her daughter Mad got her name. She is such an endearing leading lady that you would love to have someone like her stood in your corner as your mother, aunt, sibling or best friend.
If you’re after a book that will leave your heart full, then look no further than this absolute masterpiece of a debut from Bonnie Garmus.
Oh and if you're a writer that enters the first 500 word novel competitions, take a look at how this author does it... what a masterclass.
And there’s more denigration. Elizabeth is in television where apparently women also have subsidiary demeaning roles - no acknowledgement of the real women front and back of the camera cue Lucille Ball, Julia Child and pioneering female producers just the unique Elizabeth. Of course Elizabeth is a dedicated feminist! She also has progressive attitudes on race - she even references Rosa Parks on air for goodness sake - so in this novel set in 1960s America how many people of colour appear? Well Rosa Parks gets a mention! Then apparently in 1960s California there is no questioning of religion (except of course by the exceptional Elizabeth) so when exactly was the famous Time magazine cover IS GOD DEAD?
The point about this book is IT IS NOT FEMINIST it is ANTI-FEMINIST as it ignores all the real women who went before Elizabeth or were there at the same time in order to tell us that only an exceptionally beautiful woman with a genius daughter (oh what a surprise that is) would have achieved anything at that time.
I can’t help wondering how many of the five star reviews come from people who weren’t around at the time and couldn’t be bothered to look up what it was really like - yes it was hard for women then and it still is today in many ways so don’t belittle the contributions real women (women not always from the white relatively privileged world) made in order to present an unrealistic comic ‘heroine’.