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Lessons in Chemistry

By Bonnie Garmus
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Publisher Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GMA BOOK CLUB PICK Meet Elizabeth Zott: “a gifted research chemist, absurdly self-assured and immune to social convention” (The Washington Post) in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show. • APPLE TV+ SERIES COMING LATER THIS YEAR 

This novel is “irresistible, satisfying and full of fuel” (The New York Times Book Review) and “witty, sometimes hilarious...the Catch-22 of early feminism” (Stephen King, via Twitter).

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Oprah Daily, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek

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 as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes 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.  

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

1768 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“I can’t believe it took me so long to read this! Excited for the tv series!!!”
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Slightly Smiling Face“Overall, I thought this book was funny, I enjoyed the characters and it was fast to read. Of course, at times, it made me angry and sad at the constant mistreatment of women and the injustices they had to make something of or live with. The reason it’s not a five star read for me is because there were a few moments throughout the book where I couldn’t suspend my disbelief which took me out of the story.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersFunny writingFast-pacedRealistic settingAbuseSelf-harmSexual assaultViolence
Thumbs Up“Wow, I was truly blown away by this book. I definitely enjoyed the perspective of Zott. I wish I could meet her in real life. I know she would have given advice to anyone who asked. This book was a good lesson on society. I would recommend it to everyone!”
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Red Angry Face“the ending was amazing and it really tied the plot together. it was beautiful and so infuriating at the same time as a woman reading this, knowing the things that elizabeth goes through is so real and sad that it still happens in some way or form in todays age.”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenFast-pacedRealistic settingThought-provokingBigotryMisogynySexual assault
Thinking Face“If I had the ability to make this book canon in real life, I would. We need more Elizabeth Zotts to pave the way for women of now and the future. Also I just really want to hug Mad and give Six-Thirty a ton of treats.”
Likable charactersMulti-layered charactersOriginal writingThought-provokingSexual assault

About Bonnie Garmus

BONNIE GARMUS is a copywriter and creative director who has worked widely in the fields of technology, medicine, and education. She’s an open-water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two pretty amazing daughters. Born in California and most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.

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