Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus by Jean Brashear

It’s perverse of me, quite likely, that I tend to shy away from the books everyone’s talking about—only to later give them a try and think “So that’s what all the fuss is about!”

What all the fuss is about has to do with remarkable, highly original characters I am still thinking about long after closing the book. Important issues are discussed but Elizabeth Zott’s charge-forward approach to them makes one not feel as helpless but rather energized by her courage, her completely original mind and her compassion, awkward as she is with the notion. I would love to be watching Supper at Six, and I wish I could drop in at her house and have mind conversations with Six Thirty and talk about most anything with the marvelous Mad.

It’s a tour de force accomplishment, this original, charming and sometimes heartbreaking but also highly chuckle-worthy story you’ll be glad you read.

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