‘A Woman of Science: An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery’, and ‘The Sex Life of Mushrooms’ is an inspiring memoir of an unconventional path through science. It tells of a challenging up and down life balancing marriage,  motherhood, and scientific research. This is a must read for aspiring scientists of all ages and backgrounds who wish to understand the way of science and how it has changed over the past several decades. Author Cardy Raper skillfully interweaves her scientific and personal life into a fast moving, delightful, sometimes whimsical account, of an adventurous woman in science.

This memoir, previously self published under the title of “Love, Sex and Mushrooms: Adventures of a Woman in Science“, received an Independent Publisher Award for excellence in books on science. The book is now published under its current title by Hatherleigh Press, distributed by Random House.

Cardy Raper’s second book, “An American Harvest: How One Family Moved from Dirt-Poor Farming to a Better Life in the Early 1900s” is published by Green Writers Press.

Sometimes sad, sometimes humorous, sometimes scandalous, An American Harvest is the real-life tale of seven brothers and one sister who grew up poor on a worn out tobacco farm in North Carolina. They tell in their own words how each, with strong parental guidance, moved on to achieve distinguished careers in a variety of professions.