Head back-to-school with Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. We will meet at 2:30 pm on September 10, at St. Matthew’s. 
Meet Elizabeth Zott: a one-of-a-kind, gifted research chemist in 1950s/60s California where her all-male team takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: a brilliant, Nobel-nominee 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 Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show. 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, she isn’t just teaching women to cook, she’s daring them to change the status quo. Although this novel has dark moments and serious themes, it is laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters. It’s as original and vibrant as its protagonist.
Save the date: On October 8 we will discuss West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge