Lessons in Chemistry


By Bonnie Garmus

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'The most charming, life-enhancing novel I've read in ages' Sunday Times
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Your ability to change everything - including yourself - starts here
Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, she 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.
Forced to leave her job at the institute, she soon finds herself the reluctant star of America's most beloved cooking show, Supper at Six.
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. One molecule at a time.
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Winner of the Goodreads Choice Best Debut Novel Award, 2022
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Winner of the Books are My Bag Reader's Choice Award, 2023
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Lessons in Chemistry