Lessons in Chemistry
Books | Fiction / Feminist
#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. • 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.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"There were a lot of moments where one particular line would stick out to me and I'd take a second to appreciate the author's choice. To me this felt like it was written by an expert, and even the actual story was very well crafted so that it was both plot- and character-driven. After saying all that, I wonder myself why I didn't like it enough to rate it 5 stars. Perhaps it was the lack of connection, because though I could relate to Elizabeth Zott and understand her when I didn't relate, I never truly connected with her. Maybe that's what I was missing. 9/10"
"This book was worth all the hype! It shared some valuable lessons and was eye opening. I was expecting this book to be comical and light-hearted, but it was surprisingly the opposite. It was humorous at times, but I would categorize it as being a more serious read. Some characters I loved, and some I hated. I liked how they incorporated all the science/chemistry into it. Really enjoyed this book! 8/10."
"Really enjoyed this book. You get to see Elizabeth evolve throughout. It was a beautiful story of women striving for more and working towards become equal. Loved the ending. "