Fiction and Nonfiction to Read If You Love 'Lessons in Chemistry'

By Carrie McBride, Communications
October 30, 2023

The buzz around Bonnie Garmus's debut novel Lessons in Chemistry, published last year, barely had a chance to die down before finding even more fans through the Apple TV+ adaptation starring Brie Larson. The story follows single mother Elizabeth Zott, the reluctant host of a science-based cooking show where she puts her talents as a gifted chemist to use after being thwarted by the sexist 1950s science establishment. The novel is funny and heartwarming with an underlying sadness (and fury) for what could have and should have been. While it's hard to replicate the magic of Lessons in Chemistry, one of the books below may be just the ticket for your next read. Some share similar themes of talented women held back by society, while others strike a similar tone of wit, charm, and resilience.

Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.