Welcome to another installment of If My Book, the Monkeybicycle feature in which authors shed light on their recently released books by comparing them to weird things. This week Cardy Raper writes about Love, Sex & Mushrooms, her new book of nonfiction published by Green Writers Press.

If Love, Sex & Mushrooms were a volcano, it would spout astounding facts about multi-sexed creatures coming from the underworld.

If Love, Sex & Mushrooms were a carnival, it would have many rides.

If Love, Sex & Mushrooms were a ballet, each dancer would change gender from male to female and back again depending on sexual proclivity of its partner.

If Love, Sex & Mushrooms were a glider plane it would soar over a green-clad landscape studded with ditches and several dry spots.

If Love, Sex & Mushrooms were a soccer ball, it would suffer kicks and nudges but sometimes reach the goal.

If Love, Sex & Mushrooms were a cup full of tea, it would yield an enticing aroma.

If Love, Sex & Mushrooms were published in the Victorian Era, it would titillate–woo, woo–but avoid any mention of sex. 

If Love, Sex & Mushrooms were a Harvard thesis in science, it would be rejected—just the facts, Ma’am.

     
Cardy Raper received a Masters in Science degree from The University of Chicago and a PhD from Harvard University. She has been extensively published in national and international scientific journals and was named a University of Vermont Research Professor Emerita in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. She was recently honored by being elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the author of A Woman of Science: An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Discovery, and the Sex Life of Mushrooms.