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Virtual Santa Clarita Book Club
Saturday, February 04, 2023, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST
Category: Clubs

LACPA’s Winter Book Club Selection: 


Lessons in Chemistry


by Bonnie Garmus




A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Oprah Daily, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, GoodReads




Book Summary


The first book of 2023, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, set in the late 1950’s – 1960’s, is about a brilliant chemist who is underappreciated, underfunded, and undermined because of her gender.  She finds success as the reluctant host of a successful television cooking show, in which she incorporates chemistry lessons.  By doing this, she is teaching women both to cook and to challenge the male-dominated culture.  Lessons in Chemistry is poignant, funny, sad, wildly happy, serious, surprising and inventive. 

Bonnie Garmus is a 65 year-old debut novelist who is also a science editor, a copywriter and a creative director. She has worked in the fields of technology, medicine, and education.  This bestselling novel has been released by 35 publishers worldwide.  It was also picked up to become a television series drama by Apple TV+ in 2023.


A Sample of Amazon Reviews


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


“Garmus tells a familiar story in a completely original voice in her delightful debut novel...Zott is an unforgettable protagonist, logical and literal and utterly herself...The novel deftly mixes comedy and tragedy, with only one very clear villain: the patriarchal culture of mid-20th century America, the days of which are numbered because of women like Zott...For those who admire a confident, bone-dry, and hilarious authorial voice, this novel achieves the difficult task of being both sharply satirical and heartwarming at the same time.”
—Historical Novels Review


“If you can imagine Julia Child channeling a little bit of Lucille Ball, and all of the science edginess of Madame Curie, then you’ll have a really good idea of the humor and the wit and the warmth that just shine through this entire novel.”
—Minnesota Public Radio News


"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


Please contact the Book Club facilitator to RSVP so a Zoom Invitation can be sent to you.


Santa Clarita


Saturday, February 4th at 10:00 AM


Hosted by Dr. Lynne Steinman


[email protected]  


(661) 259-0144


  Join us for great discussions with fellow LACPA members!

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