51 BOOK Chemistry Lessons – (2023)

January 23, 2024

Bonnie Garmus (USA, 1957)

“Your days are numbered, use them to open the windows of your soul and let the sun in.”

-Marcus Aurelius

This year, I set out to read 41 books, and this one was number 39. It came at the right time. I don’t usually dive right into books everyone is talking about or heavily advertised. However, this book has been everywhere as one of the best of the year, and although I usually resist, this time, a bookseller I trust recommended it.

🙏🏽I would love for those who don’t like to read to give this book a chance. From the first page, it completely captivates you. Knowing about Elizabeth Zott confronted me a lot, and after finishing the book, that phrase came to my mind: “What bothers you checks you.” I understood why Elizabeth confronted me so much.

The story is about what it means to be a woman dedicated to science in the 60s. All the characters in this book become endearing; I wanted to be there to hug them, to defend them. There were moments when I got furious at what was happening; I felt the helplessness of life’s injustices. I cried out of anger, sadness, empathy, and remembrance…

👏🏽I love that this book doesn’t idealise women and doesn’t portray us as saints and victims. It shows how tremendous we can be among ourselves and the importance of making it visible to understand each other and move forward in work environments and many others.

Being different has a high cost, and the protagonist gives us a great lesson in courage. What I liked most is that she stayed true to herself until the end; she didn’t betray herself. Despite appearances, she always maintained her love for science, cooking, and her loved ones.

🫣I would love to talk more about this book, but it’s so cool that I don’t want to spoil it for those who decide to read it. I want you to enjoy it as much as I did and fall in love with those characters that make this book a feast for the heart.

Words I keep:

“…When you lose confidence in yourselves, when you feel fear, remember that courage is the root of change, and humans are chemically designed for change. So when you wake up tomorrow, make that promise to yourselves. Stop holding back. Stop subscribing to others’ opinions about what you can or cannot achieve. And stop accepting pigeonholing into useless categories of sex, race, economic status, or religion. Don’t let your talent remain latent, … Create your own future. When you return home today, ask yourselves what you will change. And then get to work.”

Have a great day! 😘

P. S. The series is out now, and I didn’t like it. It’s not bad, but I prefer the book a thousand times more.

P. S. 2. If anyone is up for reading it and can do it in English, it’s a better option. Spanish is fine, but it’s worth reading it in its original language.

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