Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry

By Bonnie Garmus

  • Release Date: 2022-04-05
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 5,370 Ratings


#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.


  • Women fighting the current

    By Tn runner gurl
    I really enjoyed this book and the fight Elizabeth had in order to be who she needed to be. It was engaging and clever and I want a Six Thirty.
  • I adored this book.

    By Amy K 12
    Poignant, authentic and deeply moving. I loved every word.
  • Science

    By 2399jgm
    Love n tears from James. NYC. When will we folks of this earth understand we need to correct the world bequeathed by failing to support and love all race and gender and impoverished beings of this planet?? This story, this author gives hope. Thank You, love. J
  • Loved it!!!

    By 54blm
    It kept me entertained.
  • Zott Perfect

    By NMcKitt2
    Excellent! Such a fun read! Just what I needed.
  • Lessons in Chemistry

    By Cherylmorbux
    Good book, enjoyed the characters. Rather predictable
  • Great book

    By Esmé :)
    It was sooo great
  • Loved it

    By MTaton
    Such an amazing book! I couldn’t put it down! Made me proud to be a women and push through the hard things in life.
  • Inspiring

    By Sarah111
    A great story with amazing characters. SixThirty is the best.
  • Well…

    By MilleyMoose
    Had to push myself to get through it. It was okay. Shocking in some parts, but felt like it was being shocking just for shock value in other parts. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯