Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel


Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
373
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109
Release Date
April 2022
Duration
11 hours 55 minutes
Summary
#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.
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Anonymous

The book has a good heart and great messages, so I get why people love it. But I found much of it anachronistic (yes, I was around back then), the characters artificial, the plot contrived, Dog Savant 6:30 gaggingly cutesy, and I know, the parents were geniuses, but authors: please spare me any more super-precocious children! With the author as narrator, I should trust she read the chatacters' voices the way she envisioned them, but to me, they were often off-key--Elizabeth at times sounded too sweet, for instance, or the tone wrong for the scene and dialogue. I suspect that the humor and whimsy might have played better if I'd read it rather than listening to it.

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A.D. Lee

truly a refreshing novel!!!! I implore everyone to listen or read this book!!!

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Patricia S.

Excellent approaches to the times!

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Marie T.

Loved the book

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Bianca1976

Loved it! This book was awesome to listen to driving back and forth to the beach solo! The narrator was amazing but the book as a whole was great! I’m glad I didn’t read the description before I started. It made it that much better. There were some quirky parts but they added to the fun of the book. Great read/listen!! And I just heard it’s been picked up as a series. Will watch!

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Anonymous

Loved it! Definitely recommend

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Kay B.

I loved this book. Women have a come a long way, baby! I cannot imagine feeling inferior to men like the women in the 50’s and 60’s did. Yea for Elizabeth. The writer had great insight and I look forward to the series coming out on TV, loved it all. My daughter has a dog very similar to 6:30… Tramp smart and understands every word. Enjoy this book.

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Tara N.

Couldn’t wait to get my ear buds on every day for this one!

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Anonymous

Life-affirming, witty, wonderful. Loved this book.

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Anonymous

Amazing story great listen

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Patty J.

One of my new favorite books! Loved the characters including 6:30(smartest dog ever!) Didn’t want the book to end!

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Debra J E.

Lessons in Chemistry was a very enjoyable audiobook! I look forward to more books from Bonnie Garmus!

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Anonymous

It was funny sad and interesting.

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Desiree P.

Loved it. Well written, great theme, perfectly developed characters. Definitely a must read!

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Veronica Noren Warren

I loved it from start to finish. Bonus to author who allows the dog to be an actual part of story with thoughts and actions like a normal character. Love!

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Lou-Ann W.

Loved it! Great story! Would have liked more instead of ending it where she did.

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Arthur S.

one of the best!

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Shari K.

I think this book had just the right amount of humor and intelligence. I loved the development of the characters.

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MaryLynn

Love a good book where woman are appreciated.

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Christine R.

This was an incredible read! I loved the way the book flowed and the narrator did an excellent job in reading it. I couldn't wait to play it whenever possible. I HIGHLY recommend it.

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Jacquelyn E.

I loved this book so much for so many reasons! To realize how it was to be a woman in the 50’s and 60’s for one. I love the strength of Elizabeth Zott and her wit and reasoning! I laughed out loud at many of her thoughts. I loved her parenting skills. She is a wonderful character you can’t help loving. Inspirational to women for sure!

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Michelle K.

This was a great book about the abilities of women and the changes they can make in the world.

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Lilia T.

Loved the story and the narrator!

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Ellen W.

Excellent !!

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Anonymous

This book was so good my 7th graders loved it and recommended it to there friends and they loved it!!!

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Anonymous

I enjoyed the book took it at face value and found it light and entertaining. But why must the narrator put an “r” at the end of words that end in a vowel? IE: Amanda becomes Amandar

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Scott S.

I was pleasantly surprised since I have read/listened to some not-so-great books as of late. Lessons in Chemistry was an interesting and fun read! I have been recommending it to all of my friends. The only part of the story I did not love was that Elizabeth was somewhat against believing in God. I know plenty of “scientists” that believe in God, so I credit her horrible parents for making her so rigid against religion.

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Anonymous

I loved this book. I’ve been recommending it to all the women in my life.

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Anonymous

strong feminine protagonist who stands for what she believes in. it was captivating, sad, and willful.

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Susan O.

Lessons in Chemistry was interesting, funny and even though the time period was the 60’s, relevant with our world today. Excellent book!

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Anita S.

Funny, original, heartwarming, heartbreaking and full of amazing characters! Simply unforgettable ❤

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Gerianne A.

Loved the book/audiobook. Precipitated several conversations related to some of the messages.

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Carol M.

Very original- refreshing plot. A different point of view.

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Trent J.

This was an amazing book. Having raised two daughters my wife and I can totally identify with the main character… a must listen to

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Michelle Brown

Absolutely wonderful read! Very enjoyable. Well written with great narration. You will fall in love with the main character

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Gina M.

Interesting story depicting the challenges of being an unwed mother and female scientist in the 50’s/60’s. I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth’s approach to cooking from a scientific perspective. Loved 6:30. What a memorable character! It was unfortunate that the author chose to belittle and berate faith in God. Faith in oneself and others will always disappoint as will ‘religion’. If we are to embrace tolerance and equality, this book failed in that regard. God commands, ‘Though shalt not lie.’ and we see where that got everyone in the story (except 6:30)!

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Gina V.

I will definitely recommend this read. I very much enjoyed this book. I also feel the narration was spot on. Some of the storyline concepts were very inventive.

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Meagan K.

Loved it!!

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Carol P.

Loved this book.

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Amy K.

This was a fantastic listen. I loved the characters and the narator was phenomonal!!

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Kyla G.

This book started off very bland, but got a little more interesting towards the end of the book. I think I expected more as it is my book club read this month. I wonder if it’s because it’s my first time listening to a book rather than reading one? Regardless, it was just a good listen, rather than a ‘page turner’ with any unexpected twists and turns.

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