Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

A fresh and unique story full of wonderful characters and a powerful female lead!

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
400 Pages
Out Now

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.

But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take 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.

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.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve read about some strong female characters before, but Elizabeth Zott is something else!

This book had everything…it’s powerful, strong, emotional, loveable and quite frankly I’m devastated it has come to an end.

The pacing of the story is perfect as we meet Elizabeth, a chemist in the 1960’s, as we learn about her past and her struggles at work in a very dominant “man’s world”. The way she handles herself and stays true to what she believes in make her a character that all young women should want to strive to be like!

I can’t leave the review without also mentioning the supporting characters who were equally as brilliant and helped create this perfect little family, such as her precocious daughter Mad and protective dog Six-Thirty.

Overall this story had me hooked from the very beginning and was an utter joy to read. I feel thankful that I’ve been introduced to this wonderful set of characters and incredible story to go with it – hats off to the author and I can’t wait to read more from her!

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