Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry

By Bonnie Garmus

  • Release Date: 2022-04-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 15,436 Ratings


#1 GLOBAL BESTSELLER WITH MORE THAN 6 MILLION COPIES SOLD • 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. STREAM ON APPLE TV+

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.


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    One of the best books I have read. I never review books, this is a must read.
  • Great Read

    By Pickles 7
    This was such a good book. I read it very quickly. Loved the main characters. Could have tied up ending of book better.
  • Absolutely loved it!

    By Adligorp
    Saw the tv adaptation which I really liked and then bought the book. Glad I did since the book is poignant and so much better.
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    By ddenchy
    Such a wonderful book!
  • Great book!

    By IbisF8
    One of the best I’ve ever read, sweet, it pulls you in. So much going on, so much to learn and so much emotion. It is very real and very wonderful! I’d give it 10 stars if I could.
  • It was good

    By CathyMKJ
    It had a good storyline.
  • Amazing. Must read.

    By Smh127
    So so good! From beginning to end! Inspiring as all get out.
  • Nice!

    By supperelltorool
    I thought the book had a very interesting perspective on it. I do feel like it was a little all over the place, meaning it didn’t have a really good story line. Overall it was worth the read.
  • Lesson in chemistry

    By Duchess0054
    Historical fiction is my favorite genre. This book had me wondering each chapter what’s next and it didn’t disappoint.