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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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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • 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. It reminds you that change takes time and always requires heat” (The New York Times Book Review).

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Oprah Daily, Newsweek, GoodReads

'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.

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  • A.D. Lee

    truly a refreshing novel!!!! I implore everyone to listen or read this book!!!

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  • Patricia S.

    Excellent approaches to the times!

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  • Anonymous

    Loved it! Definitely recommend

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  • Marie T.

    Loved the book

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  • Kay B.

    I loved this book. Women have a come a long way, baby! I cannot imagine feeling inferior to men like the women in the 50’s and 60’s did. Yea for Elizabeth. The writer had great insight and I look forward to the series coming out on TV, loved it all. My daughter has a dog very similar to 6:30… Tramp smart and understands every word. Enjoy this book.

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  • Tara N.

    Couldn’t wait to get my ear buds on every day for this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Life-affirming, witty, wonderful. Loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Amazing story great listen

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  • Patty J.

    One of my new favorite books! Loved the characters including 6:30(smartest dog ever!) Didn’t want the book to end!

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  • Debra J E.

    Lessons in Chemistry was a very enjoyable audiobook! I look forward to more books from Bonnie Garmus!

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