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Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel

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Miranda Raison, Pandora Sykes, Bonnie Garmus

11 Hours 55 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

April 2022

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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. 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

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

'A unique'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.

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    Loved it! This book was awesome to listen to driving back and forth to the beach solo! The narrator was amazing but the book as a whole was great! I’m glad I didn’t read the description before I started. It made it that much better. There were some quirky parts but they added to the fun of the book. Great read/listen!! And I just heard it’s been picked up as a series. Will watch!

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  • Anonymous

    slow at times, but totally fascinating especially if you were a woman growing up in this era! Too often I found myself thinking - "oh, yeah - that was the way we were treated!" and sometimes felt that this was why I and some college friends never got to the careers we then aspired to - BUT more than expected numbers of us DID - by cutting our own way - and "being determined to identify ourselves as . . . . - not just a girl. In the end, there were so many lessons to take away - and I really enjoyed the interview with the author at the end of the audio book. How she selected and developed each character was very interesting - and also helped to show that character's important influence in the book and on the reader. Highly recommend this book!

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