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Behave

Andromeda Romano-Lax

From the author of The Spanish Bow comes a lush, harrowing novel based on the real life story of Rosalie Rayner Watson, one of the most controversial scientists-and mothers-of the 20th century "The mother begins to destroy the child the moment it's born," wrote the founder of behaviorist psychology, John B. Watson, whose 1928 parenting guide was revered as the child-rearing bible. For their dangerous and "mawkish" impulses to kiss and hug their child, "most mothers should be indicted for psychological murder." Behave is the story of Rosalie Rayner, Watson's ambitious young wife and the mother of two of his children. In 1920, when she graduated from Vassar College, Rayner was ready to make her mark on the world. Intelligent, beautiful, and unflappable, she won a coveted research position at Johns Hopkins assisting the charismatic celebrity psychologist John B. Watson. Together, Watson and Rayner conducted controversial experiments on hundreds of babies to prove behaviorist principles. They also embarked on a scandalous affair that cost them both their jobs-and recast the sparkling young Rosalie Rayner, scientist and thinker, as Mrs. John Watson, wife and conflicted, maligned mother, just another "woman behind a great man." With Behave, Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a provocative fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose work influenced generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the shadow of her husband's. In turns moving and horrifying, Behave is a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress, love, marriage, motherhood, and what all those things cost a passionate, promising young woman.

From the author of The Spanish Bow comes a lush, harrowing novel based on the real life story of Rosalie Rayner Watson, one of the most controversial scientists-and mothers-of the 20th century "The mother begins to destroy the child the moment it's born," wrote the founder of behaviorist psychology, John B. Watson, whose 1928 parenting guide was revered as the child-rearing bible. For their dangerous and "mawkish" impulses to kiss and hug their child, "most mothers should be indicted for psychological murder." Behave is the story of Rosalie Rayner, Watson's ambitious young wife and the mother of two of his children. In 1920, when she graduated from Vassar College, Rayner was ready to make her mark on the world. Intelligent, beautiful, and unflappable, she won a coveted research position at Johns Hopkins assisting the charismatic celebrity psychologist John B. Watson. Together, Watson and Rayner conducted controversial experiments on hundreds of babies to prove behaviorist principles. They also embarked on a scandalous affair that cost them both their jobs-and recast the sparkling young Rosalie Rayner, scientist and thinker, as Mrs. John Watson, wife and conflicted, maligned mother, just another "woman behind a great man." With Behave, Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a provocative fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose work influenced generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the shadow of her husband's. In turns moving and horrifying, Behave is a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress, love, marriage, motherhood, and what all those things cost a passionate, promising young woman.
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From the author of The Spanish Bow comes a lush, harrowing novel based on the real life story of Rosalie Rayner Watson, one of the most controversial scientists-and mothers-of the 20th century "The mother begins to destroy the child the moment it's born," wrote the founder of behaviorist psychology, John B. Watson, whose 1928 parenting guide was revered as the child-rearing bible. For their dangerous and "mawkish" impulses to kiss and hug their child, "most mothers should be indicted for psychological murder." Behave is the story of Rosalie Rayner, Watson's ambitious young wife and the mother of two of his children. In 1920, when she graduated from Vassar College, Rayner was ready to make her mark on the world. Intelligent, beautiful, and unflappable, she won a coveted research position at Johns Hopkins assisting the charismatic celebrity psychologist John B. Watson. Together, Watson and Rayner conducted controversial experiments on hundreds of babies to prove behaviorist principles. They also embarked on a scandalous affair that cost them both their jobs-and recast the sparkling young Rosalie Rayner, scientist and thinker, as Mrs. John Watson, wife and conflicted, maligned mother, just another "woman behind a great man." With Behave, Andromeda Romano-Lax offers a provocative fictional biography of Rosalie Rayner Watson, a woman whose work influenced generations of Americans, and whose legacy has been lost in the shadow of her husband's. In turns moving and horrifying, Behave is a richly nuanced and disturbing novel about science, progress, love, marriage, motherhood, and what all those things cost a passionate, promising young woman.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Elizabeth Rogers

Length:

12h 29m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

14:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

24:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

32:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

20:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

40:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

13:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

26:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

29:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

25:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:04


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

27:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

28:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

00:24