Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Book Summary


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GMA BOOK CLUB PICK 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. STREAM ON APPLE TV+

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

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.

Lessons in Chemistry Book Details

Book Name Lessons in Chemistry
Genre Fiction & Literature
Author Bonnie Garmus
Published 05 April 2022, Tuesday
Price $14.99
E-Book Size 2.21 MB

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Book Reviews

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A Modern Masterpiece. Surprisingly unputdownable.


Loved this! More characters like Elizabeth Zott please!. Romance, career angst, a sparkling and funny and brilliant heroine. Plus the family story and beautiful empowerment messages throughout. A must read for every woman who studies, works hard, and wants to find true love that conquers all/.

Beth Proko

Very good. It seemed like a really long time before the climax of this story. Really unique how the chemistry worked into every day life. Overall I liked it and hope there will be a sequel as I really was left wondering what happens next.


Perfect read just right. A mixture of fun and the reality of women’s roles and how they were viewed in the 1950s. Recommending to my 15 year old granddaughter.


Great story line. Loved this book. Especially how she wove the dog’s personality into the story


Lessons. Excellent book! I was hooked in chapter one.


Love this cover. One of my top reads for 2022! I feel very emotional about the story and messages in this book. Read it- and listen to the author interviews too!

Tate Burchfield

Lessons In Chemistry definitely taught me something. Slightly predictable, but some moments in this novel hit like a train.


BOTM Review. Very intriguing book with elements of women struggles and strengths. Although the overall story had sad tones, the ending made everything the characters went through worthwhile!


So good!!!!. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! I slowed down reading it because I didn’t want to finish. Definitely recommend!


Outstanding!. I could not put this book down. It’s a very entertaining read and I would most definitely recommend this book. The author nailed the character development. Elizabeth Zott is an inspirational character who knows exactly who she is and what she wants in life. I admire her strength to keep going even through all the heartache she had endured.

Not So Good..yuck

Nice Title. The focus on the struggle of women in the workplace during this time was excellent. However it dragged a bit at times and the super smart dog was just too much.


Perfect. This book had me engaged from start to middle to finish. Intense, revealing, and above all entertaining. 10/10 would recommend, and read again.

BenjaminAK Panda kid.

Nice. 😍 Check out the game: little Alchemy


Lessons in Chemistry. Shredded my heart at all the injustices our hero and heroine endured. As a warrior, she is fearless and unmatched, but at such cost. Its an amazing read. Couldn’t put it down.


Entertaining. Great read that kept me engaged the entire time. Elizabeth’s character was strong and delightful. Loved the surprise ending


Worth the hype. A tribute to women’s resilience


Stop and read now. Wonderful


Great Read. Interesting, funny and smart

Yogi kim

Lessons in Chemistry. Captivating ,funny and all together an entertaining read. Loved it!


Love it. Ez to read Hard to put down


Overrated. Highly overrated but it was an okay book. Took me a while to read it, I am used to thrillers or books that make me want to get to the ending. I wanted to get to the ending because I thought there was something more.


So good!. Read the book alongside with the tv series! Could not recommend it more. The characters are so well crafted and the themes in the story asks a lot of questions that are still very relevant to our society today. Elizabeth Zott is now one of my biggest inspirations in the literary world!


Lessons in Chemistry. Couldn’t put it down ! Lovely, Sad and Funny With life lessons woven within the stories..


Close to home. Became a veterinarian when women we just starting to take over. I never had one word of encouragement in undergrad. Now women are flourishing in science and medicine. These opportunities are paved with many other women who put up with so much crap.

Paddle chick

Great book. I love this book because of its strong female characters. It’s a love story. It’s inspiring. It’s funny and heart breaking. I love Elizabeth’s Zott’s uncompromising attitude and her unwillingness to surrender to adversity.


Read it!. I enjoyed this book! Overcoming life’s trials and tribulations.

H Nash

Excellent, heart-warming. This is a quick read, well written, and highly entertaining. A wonderful story that many will find insightful and relevant even in today’s society. I’m glad I chose to read this!


Loved this from start to finish. Such a wonderful story love strong women and the love of a dog how can you go wrong


Read this book if you are watching Lessons in Chemistry. The first episode of Lessons in Chemistry on Apple streaming intrigued me so much that I had to read the book it is based on. Original story line. Thought provoking subjects. Wonderful characters. For me, best book I have read all year.


Great book. Loved it😍


Couldn’t put it down. A lot of twists and turns, but easy and enjoyable to follow.


Awe inspiring and Moving. What a great book. I’m so glad I read it. Different than the Apple series in a more 1950s historical accuracy approach. But the struggle is still real. Thanks for a chance to remember to still go out and make a difference.


Saw the Show First. I saw the show first and then read this. It’s a little bit different than the show, and was also a great read.


Highly recommend. Fabulous read. Finished in two days. Wanted more.


Did not care for. Unlike many who raved about this book, I didn’t care for it and turned it back into the library about halfway through. I found the anti-male bias heavy-handed and unbalanced. I’m a retired married baby boomer with a 40-year career in business, so I have some relevant experience during the time she writes about. I worked with some wonderful men who were mentors. There were, of course, a few bad apples, but the author makes it sound like all men treated women abominably in the workplace. Not my experience. I just couldn’t handle her negativity towards men. Not a fan.


An astonishingly brilliant & unforgettable debut novel!. This book is destined to be a timeless literary classic, a work of sharp insights, genius, wit, and humanity in a league with Catch-22, The Cider House Rules, David Copperfield, and The Time Traveler’s Wife. Its impact leaves me nearly speechless in the face of the acclaim it deserves!


A novel and a fable. Strikes the perfect balance of reading a charming story and learning the lesson.

Finicky Reader

Best book I have read this year!. It has everything. It’s entertaining, informative, humorous, horrifying, thrilling, encouraging, I could go on and on. A must read!

Sitka Aatu

Lessons in Chemistry. The story line was so original. I too was adopted. The ending was amazing. I never suspected the ending.

Elia Fega

Complexity. Read this three times in order to appreciate all of it.


LOVE IT. I love the story, the science and the characters :)

Pjb reads

Lessons in Chemistry. Worthy of 5 stars. Read it. You won’t be disappointed.


Lessons in Chemistry. This is a delightful, charming study of a not exactly traditional relationship, a mystery solved, and a feminist diatribe against all things women have had to endure due to sexism. It made me laugh out loud and absolutely furious at what women have had to go through since the beginning of time. It is absolutely original and a beautiful story about the families we make when the ones we are born into don’t work out.


Disappointed. As much as BG researched her scientific data and processes, I would have thought she’d had done more research on her theology. The heavy handed, anti-Catholic and anti-male bias and stereotyping of the era made this hard to read. She must have had some very bad experiences in her life to go so far out of her way to show her hatred of men and the Catholic Church. Regretful my book club selected this one. It’s a pity too because her writing style and the pace of the book are engaging.


An easy read.. Heartfelt and sweet with a dash of whimsy.

Zsa Zsa 1

Who knew chemistry was so interesting?. I couldn’t stop reading this book! I got hooked on the story via the tv show. Loved it.


Great. Excellent book

Mickey Melton

Lessons in Chemistry. Elizabeth Zoltan is the quirkiest of characters because she is so intelligent but wouldn’t begin to know how to be any other way than a straight shooter in life. I loved every minute of this book and wished it wouldn’t end. I read it in record time and can’t wait to see the movie.


Fantastic!. What a creative, fun book this was! Loved the characters, especially the dog.

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Amazing!. So much enjoyed this book!


Lesson in chemistry. Greatly enjoyed this book. Loved the writing! it was funny, sad and so clever!

Reggie 355

Wonderful. When I asked my niece what this book was about she said in 1 1/2 words “Women’s Lib”. I downloaded it and started reading. I laughed out loud so many times at what Elizabeth, Harriet and Madeline talked about. I was expecting the ending. I loved, loved it.


Fun, interesting and clever. This story unfolded so well, taking me on a great reading journey. I recommend this book.


A Page Burner…. Very compelling…


Pure enjoyment from cover to cover!. Lessons in Chemistry is a delightful, insightful and outrageously inspiring story that I will hold on to for a very long time. From the first paragraph to the last I was intrigued by the story and the creative style in which it was told. I hope there will be a Mad sequel! Possibly even a children’s book…”Six-Thirty”!


Fabulous read. Funny and full of fire,

Paris viewer

Insightful and humorous. What a wonderfully surprising read!


Fast read. Sweet book. Nothing earth shattering but a nice summer read

LAF, Seattle

Lessons in Chemistry. Just an absolutely wonderful book. I was so sorry when I finished it, I will miss Elizabeth Zott.


Well-told, beautifully written book. This book is a perfect example of great writing. It explores messages of feminism, and inequality. When you read it, it feels like a lifetime, and that no time has passed at all. The characters are complex, interesting and even relatable, surprisingly. Reading this made me wish Supper at Six was a real show. In short, it was a good read, and I %100 recommend. It will change your views on feminism, and society.


Superb writing!. The story drew me in from the very first few chapters, and took me on a journey — capturing every emotion possible along the way. I couldn’t put the book down!

Samm book

Great read. Lite and funny. The narrative from the dog was entertaining and heartfelt.


Best book I have read in a LONG time!. I just LOVED every word of this book. The history, the (sad) truths that women faced and still do to a point. It was written so perfectly. I cannot wait to see how they adapt it to the screen. Definitely recommend!


Empowering & Impactful. Best book I’ve read all year. I feel as though I can do anything in my career and maybe even learn how to bake simultaneously! This story weaved in so many beautiful elements about love, family, and friendship and really blessed my soul.


Fairytale. Totally predictable.

Lisa Marie London

Outstanding. Most beautiful and wonderfully written story.


Love this book!. After I finished I looked for more books by her, because I loved the story so much- couldn’t find anything. Hopefully soon! Fingers crossed!


Best Book EVER. Please buy this… you won’t regret it.


Wow. So much more than I was expecting this book to be. What a beautiful and unique story, I loved it!


Couldn’t put it down. Such a great book told from many different perspectives.


Great!. Good story, very empowering for women. Interesting to read about how women had to hide behind a man back in those days. Highly recommend!

Muggy W

Lessons in Chemistry. Quick entertaining read '!!!'!!!!!!!!!


Great story! Everyone especially women must read this story.. Heartwarming story.


Love and Chemistry. Love it. So many twists it never got dull and it was very empowering.


This book is everything. I almost never read fiction like this, but after hearing tons of recs by people I trust, I decided to give it a shot. I laughed, cried, grieved, rejoiced. Finished the whole thing in three days, and I'm normally a slow reader. 11/10 chef's kiss 🤌


Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. What a delightful, engaging story. Finished in 2 days. Haven’t read a book and found a character this entertaining in a long time. Can’t wait to see who will play the magnificent Elizabeth Zott on-screen!


Excellent book!. Loved this book from beginning to end!


Love. I loved this book. From cover to cover. I hate that it’s over!


Everything!!!. I loved everything about the book!!


Fun fun fun!. Loved it! Great fun, and love the humor.


Remarkable. As engaging and thought provoking a fiction as I have ever enjoyed. The characters are complex mosaics. The writing is laugh out loud funny and sociologically intriguing, often in the same paragraph.


Chemistry is part of life. Awesome read that pulls you in from the start. Many unexpected twists and turns. With interesting connections between the characters. Highly recommend. Hope to see it made into a movie.


Love this book so much!. Heartwarming


Amazing!. Could not put this book down. Wonderful read. I enjoyed it so much. A must read for every woman!


Incredible Book that Moved Me!. I absolutely loved this book and how it beautifully illustrated the uphill battle women have had in the sciences, medicine, and so many professions. I still see it all the time. I was so inspired to keep trudging uphill. Keep fighting against the tides. Keep showing what is possible for women - we can have it all 🙌🏽

Icelandic fan

A MUST READ. Fantastic book! Funny. Moving. Profound.

Jessica drennan

Uplifting. Despite the multiple trials and tribulations of Elizabeth Zott which throughout history have brought many women to their knees, I ultimately found this story very uplifting. I ended the book as a true super fan of Zott whose life is a stark reminder of how much we, as women, have to lose if we aren’t vigilant.


Exceptional. Never boring. Now I know what it is to read a great story!


Couldn’t put it down.. Such a great story. Even though the story is set in earlier times, the topics are still relevant today. A must read.


The cover is catchy but the story isn’t. Terrible anthropomorphism. How did this make it by an editor.

Rattle buster

Lessons in Chemistry. This is a fantastic book which I just couldn’t put down. Garmus combines drama, humour, science, mystery, feminism, modern history in the most unique way. As a woman who lived through it and embraces women’s fight for independence and equality, I say Bravo!


Women Empowering. This book is for the girls! Very women empowering, to the point where I would say “would Ms.Zott approve of this?” in real life! I loved how I thought it was going to be some romance book where a boy saves the girl, but no. Way opposite of that and that’s the reason for the 5 star rating. Just to find out they are making it a show on AppleTV i’m SO stoked to watch and support.


A+++. Great read.


Great Read. Great book! I loved all the different perspectives. I felt connected to the characters, especially Elizabeth.


Lessons in Chemistry. Best novel I’ve read in years. Truly inspirational.


Excellent. Couldn’t put it down!


Captivating. I couldn’t out this book down. The in depth storyline was captivating, the way the reader is drawn into the characters’ lives were intriguing and the insightfulness of explaining how life was not so long ago for women was educational. Thank you for writing such a great book. Readers, you do not want to miss this opportunity - Chemistry is how we live life!!!


Empowering, imaginative, Wholesome. I absolutely love this book, the best, couldn’t put it down.


Excellent. I really enjoyed this book. Well written, interesting, entertaining and fun. I liked all the characters and was excited to see where it all was going.

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About Author "Bonnie Garmus"

Bonnie Jean Garmus (born April 18, 1957 in Riverside, California) is an American author and former copywriter. Garmus is from Seattle. She received her bachelors in creative writing/aesthetic studies from UC Santa Cruz. She's worked as a copywriter and creative director in the US, and has lived in Switzerland and Colombia.In April 2022, her debut novel, Lessons in Chemistry, was published. The Guardian noted its "polished, funny, thought-provoking story ... it's hard to believe it's a debut". The New York Times commented on its "entertaining subplots and witty dialogue". Olimpia Mamula Steiner, a professor of chemistry, praised the book profusely: Once you start it will be difficult to put down, as soon as you finish a chapter you immediately want to read the next one, it's almost addictive. As of January 2022, Lessons in Chemistry had been sold into 35 territories and has a television adaptation in production at Apple TV+ starring Brie Larson. Éditions Robert Laffont published in Ma....

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