21 Sept
September Book Club


We invite you to join us to have a discussion about Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. We are so excited to share this book with you all, and to hear your thoughts on it. Lessons in Chemistry is about a chemist, Elizabeth Zott, who is not your average woman. Working at Hastings Research Institute in the early 1960s, with an all-male team who have a very unscientific perspective of equality. Excluding one member of her team: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with - of all things - her mind. True chemistry emerges.

Like science, life is unpredictable. A few years later, Elizabeth finds herself as a single mother, and reluctantly, the star of America's favorite cooking show. Her unexpected method to cooking proves revolutionary. But as her following increases, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, she isn't just teaching women how to cook. She's daring them to change the status quo.

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).

“While the novel focuses on serious themes of misogyny, feminism, family, and self-worth, it never gets didactic. The characters are rich and original, the story sarcastic and humorous, and the novel with all its twists and turns, difficult to put down. Zott is aloof and amazing, rational and revolutionary. Like Garmus, you may even find yourself channeling Elizabeth, asking ‘Now what would Elizabeth Zott do?’”
—LA Daily News

If you have discussion questions ready that you don't want to forget, add them to the comments in your RSVP form!

There will be ample seating and refreshments available as well.

Date and Time

Thu, Sep 21, 2023

6:30p - 8:00p EST


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