Lessons in Chemistry

Garmus, Bonnie

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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 1960s, and despite the fact that she is a scientist, her male peers are very unscientific when it comes to equality. The only good thing to happen on her road to professional fulfilment is a run-in with famous colleague Calvin Evans, legend and Nobel nominee. He's also awkward, kind and tenacious. Theirs is true chemistry.

But life is never predictable and three years later Elizabeth Zott is an unwed, single mother and star of America's best loved cooking show Supper at Six. Her singular approach to cooking - 'take one pint of H2O and add a pinch of sodium chloride' - and empowering message prove revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn't just teaching housewives how to cook, but how to change their lives.

Meet the unconventional, uncompromising Elizabeth Zott. [Taken from book blurb, Doubleday Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"Quirky and highly original. It was fun to read."

"The themes for discussion suggest that this is a 'heavy' book, but somehow it isn't. It is balanced and often fun."

'Incredible (but unfortunately also believable) sexism, both overt and covert."

"Laugh out loud funny."

"Sad and romantic in places. Hopeful and frustrating. Engaging on every page."

"A well-constructed book in terms of pace; it never slowed down."

"The book highlights the prejudice women encountered in the 1950s."

"I found it fun to read but it also deals with important themes like gender inequality, sexual abuse, toxicity in academic institutions and big companies."

"I found the humour a little 'corny' and the story seemed a bit superficial."



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