Novels

 
Summer lab techie Barbara Riddle (second from right, on top of rhinoceros) shares a perch with  James Watson  (third from the left, barefoot) and his research group in front of the Harvard biology labs in 1962.

Summer lab techie Barbara Riddle (second from right, on top of rhinoceros) shares a perch with James Watson (third from the left, barefoot) and his research group in front of the Harvard biology labs in 1962.

The Girl Pretending to Read Rilke

Barbara writes about laboratory life in her novel The Girl Pretending to Read Rilke. Find it on Amazon (Paperback + Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Paperback + Nook), or Apple iBooks. Visit the Facebook page for Girl Pretending to Read Rilke for more on the achievements of women and girls in science.

Praise for The Girl Pretending to Read Rilke:

Barbara Riddle has given us a sharp, funny glimpse into a little explored moment in women’s recent history.

Barbara Ehrenreich, Author, Political Activist

This engaging first novel from Barbara Riddle, written with verve and humour…

– Dr. Adam S. Wilkins, Editor, BioEssays and Author of Genetic Analysis of Animal Development

The Girl Pretending to Read Rilke is a rite-of-passage novella set in the hothouse atmosphere of cutting-edge molecular biology research in Boston, circa 1963—the ‘last year of the Fifties.’

– Randall Wilson

The Girl Who Pretended to Read Rilke by Barbara Riddle is a wonderful flashback to the heady days of the 60’s…when women in academia and science were outranked and outflanked by men believing their careers to be more important, the civil rights movement was gaining momentum, and sex among young adults was being promoted as a casual event (despite the realities of unanticipated pregnancies and difficult choices). It took me back to the experiences of my 20’s, the contradictions between a sense of freedom and possibilities and peer pressures and affectations, and the familiar environments of scientific research labs. I read the book in one fell swoop, not wanting to put it down.

– Deborah Mcsmith, Global Health Consultant, Loving Your Neighbor - on a Global Scale

Riddle debuts with a pleasantly offbeat coming-of-age novel that looks back at the changing roles of women in the 1960s. […] A whimsical, funny, and poignant historical novel.

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