Lessons in Chemistry

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Doubleday Books
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6.46 X 9.53 X 1.44 inches | 1.58 pounds

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About the Author

BONNIE GARMUS is a copywriter and creative director who has worked widely in the fields of technology, medicine, and education. She's an open-water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two pretty amazing daughters. Born in California and most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.


Strikingly relevant...Darkly funny and poignant...Lessons in Chemistry's excellent experiment [is] quirky and heartwarming.
--The Atlantic

It's the world versus Elizabeth Zott, an extraordinary woman determined to live on her own terms, and I had no trouble choosing a side. Lessons in Chemistry is a page-turning and highly satisfying tale: zippy, zesty, and Zotty.
--Maggie Shipstead, author of Great Circle

Lessons in Chemistry is a breath of fresh air--a witty, propulsive, and refreshingly hopeful novel populated with singular characters. This book is an utter delight--wry, warm, and compulsively readable.
--Claire Lombardo, author of The Most Fun We Ever Had

On par with Beth Harmon of The Queen's Gambit, Elizabeth Zott swept me away with her intellect, honesty, and unapologetic selfhood. Lessons in Chemistry is a story for all the smart girls who refuse to dumb themselves down despite a culture that demands otherwise. Though a creation of the 50s & 60s, Zott is a feminist icon for our time.
--Rachel Yoder, author of Nightbitch

A bold, smart, and often hilarious look at the value of so-called women's work.
--Real Simple

I loved it and am devastated to have finished it.
--Nigella Lawson, author of Cook, Eat, Repeat

"[An] energetic debut...A more adorable plea for rationalism and gender equality would be hard to find."
--Kirkus (starred review)

Indefatigable and formidable, Elizabeth pushes the bounds of how women and their work are perceived in this thoroughly engaging debut novel.

Like a woman-centric "Mad Men"...A witty and sharp dramedy about resilience and found families...Readers won't be able to get enough of Elizabeth and her makeshift family. Lessons in Chemistry is a story to return to again and again."

A fabulous novel. Compelling, satisfying, a real page-turner.
--Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to Be Cheerful