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


Tin (ni Johann) said…

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. ^_^