Lessons in Chemistry

by: Bonnie Garmus

Goodreads description:

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.

Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓

Don’t judge a book by its cover! I figured this was going to be “chick lit”, which I secretly like…but still…Similar to Where’d You Go Bernadette in quirkiness, this was ‘unputdownable” once it gained some momentum. I have heard it is being adapted into a series- Let’s hope it is as good as the book! (See last month’s tidbit)

Holly says:🤓🤓🤓🤓1/2

I loved this book! A totally fun and enjoyable read. Elizabeth Zott is a quirky, smart, funny and determined heroine, and she wins the annual book readers’ award for dry wit. This book is completely original, compellingly readable, and downright fun. You will cheer for Elizabeth all the way, as well as her delightfully intervening neighbor, Harriet. Read it, but don’t over think it. This would be a totally fun movie (Rachel McAdams as Elizabeth Zott?) – a little Mad Men-ish, a little Mrs. Maisel. Grab this one today! My favorite book of the month, maybe of the year.

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