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Book Club Study: Lessons in Chemistry

August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us as we discuss Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus-

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.

-Summary courtesy of Goodreads.

The discussion will be held on:

Tuesday, August 1st, 2-4 PM

IN PERSON: West Chicago Public Library

RSVP to Debbie Walsh (readersadvisor@gmail.com)

The first half of the meeting will be a traditional book club setting where library workers have the opportunity to participate in a discussion as “patrons.” The second half will be devoted to our leadership topic, or nut-and-bolts session, where we share practical solutions to the problems and concerns of discussion leaders. Our leadership topic for this discussion is: When You Haven’t Read the Book.

Also, remember that you can always bring any problems or concerns you have with your group, no matter the topic, so we can all help each other.

REMINDER: You must be an ARRT member to attend Book Club Study. Go here to join ARRT or renew your membership.


August 1
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm