‘Love, Sex & Mushrooms: Adventures of a Woman in Science’ 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, originally self published under the same title, received an Independent Publisher Award for excellence in books on science. It was subsequently published by Hatherleigh Press, distributed by Random House, under the title “A Woman of Science: An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery, and the Sex Life of Mushrooms”. This third edition, published by Green Writers Press, reverts to the original self published title but with some updates.

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.