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Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel (original 2022; edition 2022)

by Bonnie Garmus (Author)

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STYLIST MAGAZINE'S 'FICTION BOOKS YOU CAN'T MISS IN 2022' OBSERVER'S 'TEN DEBUT NOVELISTS OF 2022' SOON TO BE ON BBC2's 'BETWEEN THE COVERS' WITH SARA COX 'Sparky, rip-roaring, funny, with big-hearted fully formed, loveable characters' SUNDAY TIMES 'The most charming, life-enhancing novel I've read in ages. A perfect delight' INDIA KNIGHT 'Laugh-out-loud funny and brimming with life, generosity and courage' RACHEL JOYCE 'A novel that sparks joy with every page' ELIZABETH DAY ____________ Your ability to change everything - including yourself - starts here 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. __________ SOON TO BE A MAJOR APPLE TV SERIAL 'I loved Lessons in Chemistry and am devastated to have finished it!' NIGELLA LAWSON 'Elizabeth Zott is an iconic heroine - a feminist who refuses to be quashed, a mother who believes that her child is a person to behold, rather than to mould, and who will leave you, and the lens through which you see the world, quite changed' PANDORA SYKES 'It's the world versus Elizabeth Zott, and I had no trouble choosing a side. A page-turning and highly satisfying tale: zippy, zesty, and Zotty' MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD, author of GREAT CIRCLE… (more)
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Title:Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel
Authors:Bonnie Garmus (Author)
Info:Doubleday (2022), 400 pages
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LOL funny from the beginning. The "Forest Gump" for those with a feminist bent. Particularly funny for those who lived through the 60s and enjoy a generous dose of sarcasm. ( )
  librarygeek33 | Jun 22, 2022 |
Elizabeth Zott, Mad, Harriet and 6.30 make a great team , overcoming plagiarism, misogyny and single parenthood in the 1960's. 6.30, the dog, narrates, which is always a winner. Highly recommended. ( )
  celerydog | Jun 4, 2022 |
Fun and funny.

> “We’ll just keep this between ourselves. She’s legally Mad, but we’ll call her Madeline and no one will be the wiser.” Legally Mad, Six-Thirty thought. What could possibly go wrong?

> As any non-rower can tell you, rowers are not fun. This is because rowers only ever want to talk about rowing. Get two or more rowers in a room and the conversation goes from normal topics like work or weather to long, pointless stories about boats, blisters, oars, grips, ergs, feathers, workouts, catches, releases, recoveries, splits, seats, strokes, slides, starts, settles, sprints, and whether the water was really “flat” or not. From there, it usually progresses to what went wrong on the last row, what might go wrong on the next row, and whose fault it was and/or will be. At some point the rowers will hold out their hands and compare calluses. If you’re really unlucky, this could be followed by several minutes of head-bowing reverence as one of them recounts the perfect row where it all felt easy. ( )
1 vote breic | Jun 3, 2022 |
It is actually hard to imagine how much fun a book can be whilst still covering a lot of pretty serious issues (loss/abuse/misogyny/plagiarism/fraud on the negative side. Friendship, love, support, growth, inspiration, the counterweight).

A page turner, witty, wry. You would like to know Elizabeth Zott, Calvin, Maddy, Harriet and Six-Thirty. ( )
1 vote Caroline_McElwee | Jun 3, 2022 |
Readable but didn’t feel “authentic” - the central character felt more like a 21st century woman sent back to the 1950s to highlight sexist attitudes, without actually having any emotional engagement with them. Despite the blurb, neither particularly funny nor engrossingly dramatic. Plus, the dog was a deeply irritating character and I could happily have done without the super-smart precocious child. ( )
  SChant | Jun 3, 2022 |
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Back in 1961, when women wore shirtwaist dresses and joined garden clubs and drove legions of children around in seatbeltless cars without giving a second thought; back before anyone knew there’d even be  a sixties movement, much less one that it’s participants would spend the next sixty years chronicling: back when the big wars were over and the secret wars had just begun and people were starting to think  and believe everything was possible, the thirty-year-old mother of Madeline Zott rose before dawn every morning and felt certain of just one thing: her life was over.
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STYLIST MAGAZINE'S 'FICTION BOOKS YOU CAN'T MISS IN 2022' OBSERVER'S 'TEN DEBUT NOVELISTS OF 2022' SOON TO BE ON BBC2's 'BETWEEN THE COVERS' WITH SARA COX 'Sparky, rip-roaring, funny, with big-hearted fully formed, loveable characters' SUNDAY TIMES 'The most charming, life-enhancing novel I've read in ages. A perfect delight' INDIA KNIGHT 'Laugh-out-loud funny and brimming with life, generosity and courage' RACHEL JOYCE 'A novel that sparks joy with every page' ELIZABETH DAY ____________ Your ability to change everything - including yourself - starts here 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. __________ SOON TO BE A MAJOR APPLE TV SERIAL 'I loved Lessons in Chemistry and am devastated to have finished it!' NIGELLA LAWSON 'Elizabeth Zott is an iconic heroine - a feminist who refuses to be quashed, a mother who believes that her child is a person to behold, rather than to mould, and who will leave you, and the lens through which you see the world, quite changed' PANDORA SYKES 'It's the world versus Elizabeth Zott, and I had no trouble choosing a side. A page-turning and highly satisfying tale: zippy, zesty, and Zotty' MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD, author of GREAT CIRCLE

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