Join the Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club on Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at the Cabell Library to discuss Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. This 2022 publication has appeared for 44 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list as well as being included on many lists of best books for the year.

Set in California in the early 1960’s, “Lessons in Chemistry” tells the story of Elizabeth Zott, a fictional pioneer female chemist faced with workplace sexism and discrimination who turns to hosting an early televised cooking show to make ends meet.  

Karen Rader, PhD, professor in the Department of History at VCU, will lead the discussion. Dr. Rader studies the intellectual, cultural, and social history of the modern life sciences in the United States.

We will meet in the Mapp Room on the 4th floor of the Cabell Library. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Erica Brody, MPH, MSLS at to attend. Guests may also attend via Zoom but must contact Brody in advance to receive the link for Zoom.

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