Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Lessons in Chemistry.’

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It’s a new week, and I’m really grateful for a fresh start. To be honest, I felt a little lost after my six-day run as a juror was over last week!

It was so much structure, and it felt very similar to having a job, and when it was over, I felt like it was a huge reminder that I feel lost during this time.

That feeling really stopped me from being productive for the remainder of the week — I didn’t even feel like eating or journaling or exercising.

But, I knew I wanted this week to be different. So, I spent the weekend prepping (mentally and physically) to make this weekend MUCH different.

I don’t have any freelance work this week, so I’m using this entire week to knock out some serious work on two different personal writing projects.

Deadlines are always easier when they’re for someone else (or for money), so this isn’t going to be easy, but I feel determined. And, I know getting this done will give me a mental boost.

You know what else gave me a mental boost? Reading a great book — and I’m pretty pumped about this one: “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus.

This one has been on the bestseller list and all over social media. But, I heard from a few readers I trusted that this was indeed, a good read.

I had to wait for six weeks to get it from the library, but when I did get it, I read it in a single day!

“Lessons in Chemistry” follows chemist Elizabeth Zott. It’s the 1960s, and although she’s smart and talented at her job, women are certainly not treated as equals.

In fact, a traumatic sexual assault at the office gives her career a turn, but happier times come when she falls in love with another chemist.

She gets pregnant, and although the birth of their daughter is such a happy time — no one at work is impressed that Elizabeth slept with someone at work, and now had a baby out of wedlock.

The universe has something else in store for Elizabeth, and she finds herself as a single mom, trying to succeed in a man’s world. She gets a seemingly unfitting job as the host of an evening cooking show.

But, she finds a way to use the platform to, not only share her knowledge about chemistry, but also lessons in life.

Despite having some very serious and even sad parts, this book was so cleverly written and it was laugh-out-loud funny!

It’d been a minute since I read a novel that really swept me away and felt like an escape, and this one was exactly that.

I loved it!

Have you read this book yet?

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