Humans naturally want to belong—it’s part

of our biology. But our society makes us feel

that we’re never good enough to belong.

"A book that sparks joy with every had

me laughing one minute and air-punching the next."

ELIZABETH DAY/ author of How to Fail

"Lessons in Chemistry is a page-turning and

highly satisfying tale: zippy, zesty, and Zotty."

MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD/ author of Great Circle

"I loved Lessons in Chemistry and

am devastated to have finished it!"

NIGELLA LAWSON/food writer



"She Moved From the Chem Lab to the Kitchen, but Not by Choice" - The New York Times Book review

"At age 64, debut novelist Bonnie Garmus makes the case for experience" - The Washington Post review

"‘Lessons in Chemistry’ catalyzes science, cooking, and humor" - Christian Science Monitor review

"Witty, fast-paced and unabashedly amusing" - Literary Review

"The right comic formula" - The Observer review

Best New Book, April 2022 - Christian Science Monitor

Review and Interview - The Irish Examiner

"The 10 best books to read this month" - Good Housekeeping

"A snappy, fresh debut that thoroughly deserves the hype" - iNews

"Best books 2022: Novels our books editor predicts you won't be able to put down" - Woman & Home

BookReporter - Review

A novel lesson in 1960s chemistry - Chemical and Engineering news

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus review — the smart debut becoming an Apple TV+ series - The Times

On Her Shelf - Parade Magazine

Se amate "La fantastica signora Maisel", non potete perdervi “Lezioni di chimica” - Vogue Italia review (in Italian)

18 new works of fiction to read this spring: New York Times

"A more adorable plea for rationalism and gender equality would be hard to find"

- Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Bonnie Garmus’ devastating and funny debut novel blows the lid off  the simplistic myth of post-World War II American life" - Bookpage starred review

The Best Books of 2022 (so far) - Real Simple


From scientist to celebrity chef: read this funny 1960s fable - The Telegraph, March 2022 

(behind paywall)

Five Books in Which Romance Sneaks Up on You - The Atlantic

our most anticipated new book releases of 2022 - Barnes & Noble


Author interview - The Bookseller (cover story)

10 best debut novelists of 2022 - The Observer

5 New Book Releases to Read This April - The Today Show

22 books the Read with Jenna community can't wait to read in 2022

- The Today Show

13 writers to watch in 2022 - Bookpage

Top pick April 2022 - library reads

Most anticipated books of 2022 - parade

The Fiction Books You Cannot Miss - Stylist UK

Best books 2022 - Good Housekeeping UK

24 Debut Releases To Get Your Hands On In 2022 - The Nerd Daily

Most anticipated books of 2022 - The National

Literary Hoarders Review

Doubleday triumphs in sixteen publisher auction -

Copywriter's book emerges as big book at Frankfurt - Publisher's weekly

Confessions of a Debut Novelist - Penguin UK interview

Bonnie Garmus and Felicity Blunt Interview

First look at Lessons in Chemistry - Entertainment Weekly

Brie Larson to star in Apple show Lessons in Chemistry -


"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 timeless book, written with furious elegance, black humour

and delightful quirk. Elizabeth Zott is an iconic heroine - a feminist

who refuses to be quashed, a mother who believes that her child is a person to behold, rather than to mould, and who will leave you,

and the lens through which you see the world, quite changed." 

Pandora Sykes/ journalist, broadcaster, and author of 

How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?

"Original, fresh, tender, funny and warm... Elizabeth Zott is the most wonderful character.Just fantastic."

Sinead Moriarty/ author

"A vibrant and original story of hope and staying true to yourself. Laugh-out-loud funny and brimming with life, generosity and courage."

Rachel Joyce/ author

'Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus is the most charming, life-enhancing novel I’ve read in ages. It’s funny, clever, slightly whimsical without being in any way cutesy, and a perfect delight... Very strongly recommend.'

India Knight/ The Sunday Times

"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 Lombardoauthor of The Most Fun We Ever Had

Watch for Lessons in Chemistry
starring Brie Larson from Apple+ TV!