Monday, November 08, 2010

Radioactive by Lauren Redniss

Marie & Pierre Curie
A Tale of Love and Fallout



The October issue of my favorite fashion magazine, Nylon (it's a little more street, a little more relatable and down-to-earth compared to other fashion magazines), had this book review by Ali Hoffman for Radioactive (IT Books, December 2010):

Author and artist Lauren Redniss opens her latest book, Radioactive, with the following disclaimer: "With apologies to Marie Curie, who said, 'There is no connection between my scientific work and the facts about my private life.'" It's an apt opening for a book that goes on to convey the astonishing life of a woman who, aside from coining the term "radioactivity" and winning two Nobel Prizes, is barely remembered today. In addition to her life as a scientist, Redniss tells of Curie's struggles as a wife, a mother, a foreigner, and a teacher. But that's not to say that Radioactive is just a good biography: Like her multifaceted protagonist, Redniss tells Curie's story through a continuously changing style of prose and more than 100 hand-made photographic collages. Whether looking for a new art book for your coffee table, a history lesson, or a tragic love story, Radioactive delivers.

I want this cool book! And doesn't it sound like a perfect Christmas gift for your daughter/granddaughter/niece/goddaughter/sister who wants to be a scientist? =D

5 comments:

Tin (ni Johann) said...

http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780061351327/Radioactive

And shipping is FREE worldwide. ^_^

Tarie said...

Thank you, Tin. =D

dementedchris said...

I'm in serious want!

Tarie said...

Me, toooooo.

Tin (ni Johann) said...

I read the blurb -- looks really good. ^_^