What makes this memoir so readable and engrossing is Cardy’s frank account of her circumstances both in and out of the laboratory. Family photographs, and pictures and drawings of the organisms she worked with, add to the reader’s interest. This book encourages aspiring students—men as well as women—in how to overcome difficulties. Cardy Raper, a Harvard PhD, might well claim to have lived up to the slogan of the Harvard band Illegitimum non carborundum: Don’t let the bastards grind you down!
-Peter R. Day, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University
Author of Plant-Fungal Pathogen Interaction