Lessons in ChemistryBonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry

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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Book Summary

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER • Meet Elizabeth Zott: a “formidable, unapologetic and inspiring” (PARADE) scientist in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show in this novel that 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

“The most delightful novel I read this year . . . fresh and surprising . . . I laughed out loud!” —Philip Galanes, The New York Times

"A unique heroine . . . you'll find yourself wishing she wasn’t fictional." —Seattle Times

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.

Lessons in Chemistry (Bonnie Garmus) Book Reviews

FANTASTICThis book is by far the best book I have ever read!!!!!.Score: 5/5

A Bittersweet AdventureFrom the first page, the reader is captured by Elizabeth Zott. Her story is heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. I loved every moment!.Score: 5/5

Great book!Hated for it to end..Score: 5/5

The ChillsI hadn’t read a book (leisurely) in over 2 years. I took a chance and chose to read Lessons on Chemistry and it gave me the right amount of inspiration I needed at this point in my academic journey, my personal journey as a black WOMAN growing in my career, and a Christian trying to figure out how to navigate this new normal we call the 21st century. I don’t want to sound cliche but it was the perfect book I needed to read — call it fate. Great read!.Score: 5/5

Good readI liked the book. I thought the ending was abrupt. Interesting read.Score: 4/5

Refreshing changeI really enjoyed this book, more than I thought I would. It’s real and raw and goes into life as a women in a world dominated by men. Elizabeth is an inspiring character that continues to move forward regardless of the obstacle that try to push her down and take away her success..Score: 5/5

Outstanding bookCaptivating, funny, sad and ultimately a joyful take on what it means to be a mom, a scientist, a lover and a human being..Score: 5/5

Lessons in ChemistryOne of the best books I have read EVER.Score: 5/5

A lovely story interspersed with much insight and strengthYou won’t be disappointed read this love story with many turns and lots of wisdom...Score: 5/5

Charming and scientificInteresting read with the right balance of science and love.Score: 5/5

Thank-you, BonnieThis book appears to have been written to entertain Me personally. It worked!.Score: 5/5

Middle School ScienceI teach middle school science and Zott is an amazing teacher! She provides a crazy good connection of chemistry to the reality of cooking and life. She inspires me to bring the connectedness to my classes..Score: 5/5

A magical book!You have to suspend belief but I loved this book..Score: 5/5

HmmmmThe plot was very unrealistic. Didn’t know I purchased an atheist book until it was too late..Score: 2/5

Fantastic readThis book resonates with truth. And it’s so funny!.Score: 5/5

Absolutely perfectA must read that is as true today as it was in the 60s..Score: 1/5

NO TRIGGER WARNINGThis book is a d*mn shame. I felt like the story was off to a great start if it hadn’t been for the horrifying gratuitous rape scene described in such detail that read more like erotic literature than sexual violence. This needs a trigger warning. I wouldn’t have bought it had I known..Score: 1/5

Fresh AirFall 2022: the climate deterioration, our political fabric disintegrating, the social landscape of conflict, intolerance and hatred makes depression settle in and not budge. Lessons in Chemistry brought levity, treated poignant, tragic issues with surgical clarity and the clever prose was genuine relief. Loved every minute spent reading it..Score: 5/5

Lessons in ChemistryBrilliantly written. Intellectually the best read in many years. Humor. YES!! What’s next my new most favorite artist author?.Score: 5/5

Soul satisfying readLife changing- could not put it down…..Score: 5/5

Absolutely delightfulI loved this book from the get-go. The characters are all relatable, the dialogue quick and witty. Intelligently written in many ways. I laughed throughout the story, and felt the pain as well. I can see this as a tv series and would definitely watch it. Netflix, are you paying attention? Option it!.Score: 5/5

Radiates girl power!Very Captivating and enjoyable!.Score: 5/5

One of the best books I’ve ever readHeartwarmingly complicated I adored this book.Score: 5/5

My momI loved how this book put the gender disparity of the post WW2 years in sharp detail. It made me think of my own mother who worked in a man’s world as a design engineer at a steel mill. I have become very proud of my mom due to this book as it presented a point of view I had never considered.Score: 5/5

Enchantingly Off-Beat and MeaningfulZott’s saga is a familiar story told with a slant that suddenly puts everything into focus. As the story progressed I fervently wished Miss Zoltan was real. She became my heroine) after just the first few pages. It was eye-opening and funny at the same time. Be prepared to learn some important lessons about your personal chemistry: telling the truth is painful, embarrassing or scary ; it is the cost of life and the incandescence of the soul. Kudos to the author for creativity and enlightenment. In her concise story , she wove a fascinating plot with artful characters coming together like abiogenesis. I am looking forward to more works from Bonnie Garmus..Score: 5/5

Lessons in ChemistryI loved this book. It made me laugh out loud at times and then you would get hit with a gut wrenching scene. I loved how the characters were intertwined throughout the story. Excellent book!.Score: 5/5

ExcellentExcellent, so inspiring to hear truth.Score: 5/5

So Much to LoveAmazing! Original! Scientifically heartwarming!!.Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it down.Best book I’ve read this year!.Score: 5/5

Beyond ExtraordinaryBonnie Garmus has written a poignant, insightful, rebellious, uplifting, haunting, theological, political manifesto for not just women, but for all the men willing to take up our cause and move us toward CHANGE. Thank you from the bottom of my heart-mind.....Score: 5/5

Witty and heartwarmingNothing I don’t like about this one. I love the characters, and how the author writes eloquently without stepping up too much. Flawless read!.Score: 5/5

Entertaining ReadThis was an entertaining read although a little cheesy at times. No regrets reading and would recommend to anyone. The dog is the best character..Score: 4/5

Not wonderfulGood read but too sacharine for my taste ..Score: 4/5

Good readA look back to the 1950’s when men were men and women were afraid. A great story about a scientist who won’t give up when people tell her she can’t because she’s a woman..Score: 5/5

Lessons in ChemistryLoved it! Entertaining, refreshing and a superb read..Score: 5/5

Good feminist book except the push against religionI loved this book and the struggle the main character went through as a woman during that time period, but her being atheist was just over the top for me. Even the reverend character ended up not really believing in God, as well as a couple other characters. Science and God go hand in hand but this book works so hard to convince people otherwise. Sigh..Score: 3/5

Great readHeart and real life packaged in a great story. The first book I have read in years that I couldn’t put down until it was done..Score: 5/5

Loved this book!I couldn’t put it down. So witty and sweet but also addresses very real issues relating to women and equality. Absolutely brilliant!.Score: 5/5

Ouch!As a woman who grew up in the 1950’s, I found this story painfully fascinating. I couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

LessonsThis novel draws you in and you stay, rooting for Elizabeth and her friends. I couldn’t put this one down..Score: 5/5

Lessons in chemistryLoved. Couldn’t put it down after I got past the slower beginning. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

Lessons in ChemistryA captivating read. Smart, thoughtful and so much more.Score: 5/5

We stand on shouldersFunny, brilliantly written novel - a walk town what it was like to be a woman in science in the 50s, a reminder of how far we came thanks to the courage of women to blaze new trails. Bonus lessons in rowing, chemistry, cooking, life and love. Just a great read. Thanks Apple Books for the recommendation.Score: 5/5

Worth Enduring The Rough StartI really had a hard time embracing Zott in the beginning. She just didn’t have a personality from the 50’s. I found some aspects of her family ridiculous and almost didn’t finish the book. Luckily, I kept with it but the ending was predictable….with a slight twist. Still a good read with some tears based on her ability to inspire other women to pursue their dreams..Score: 3/5

PerfectAmazing! Just solved Christmas gifts for all my female family members and friends. Truth with humor and compelling narrative..Score: 5/5

Excellent bookWhat a journey. So well written that I felt everything Elizabeth went through as if it were my own..Score: 5/5

Alternating perspectives and solidAn entertaining read, enjoyed the shifts in perspective but slightly too long. Trigger warning for SA and suicide!.Score: 3/5

Lessons in ChemistrySimply loved this book. It is fresh, poignant, and wise..Score: 5/5

Lessons in ChemistryI had a hard time putting this book down! It was so engaging…A combination of intelligence, laugh out loud humor and the stark reminder of how far we have come, but how much farther we have to go. Please, please write another book ASAP! Heather Gray, Long Beach, California.Score: 5/5

Relatively EntertainingNot a bad read. Loved the beginning but slowly lost interest throughout the progression of the book..Score: 3/5

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