Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout

by Lauren Redniss


View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Want it by Thursday, October 25  Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.
    Same Day shipping in Manhattan. 
    See Details


Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss

A National Book Award finalist, the mesmerizing, landmark illustrated biography Radioactive is finally available in a stunning paperback edition. Through words and her own gorgeously crafted illustrations, artist and journalist Lauren Redniss tells the story of Marie Curie, née Marya Sklodowska, and her working and romantic relationship with Pierre Curie, including their discovery of two new scientific elements with startling properties—as well as the tragic car accident that killed Pierre, Marie’s two Nobel Prizes, and her scandalous affair with a married scientist. And Radioactive looks beyond the contours of Marie’s life, surveying the changes wrought by the Curies’ discoveries—nuclear weapons, radiation in medical treatment, and nuclear energy as a possible energy source—to create an eerie, wondrous, and moving evocation of one of history's most intriguing figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062416162
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 100,166
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lauren Redniss is the author of Century Girl: 100 years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies and Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for non fiction. Her writing and drawing has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize. She was a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers at the New York Public Library in 2008-2009 and became a New York Institute for the Humanities fellow in 2010. Beginning in 2012, she will be artist-in-residence at the American Museum of Natural History. She teaches at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.

What People are Saying About This

Richard Rhodes

“Absolutely dazzling. Lauren Redniss has created a book that is both vibrant history and a work of art. Like radium itself, Radioactive glows with energy.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

“One of the most beautiful books-as-object that I’ve ever seen.”

Nicole Krauss

“Radioactive offer innumerable wonders. Colors suddenly bloom into tremendous feeling, history contracts into a pair of elongated figures locked in an embrace, then expands again in an explosive rush of words. In this wholly original book about passion and discovery Lauren Redniss has invented her own unique form.”

Robert Krulwich

“[An] excellent new book.”

Malcolm Gladwell

“Radioactive is quite unlike any book I have ever read—part history, part love story, part art work and all parts sheer imaginative genius.”

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
westonm More than 1 year ago
¿Radioactive¿ by Lauren Redniss. A beautifully illustrated, if strangely chosen, pastiche on the life and love of Marie and Pierre Curie and the impact of their work in science on the world. The book is in the style of short vignettes, printed on multi-colored pages in triangular and other unusual formats with colored fonts (which are sometimes difficult to read) intermingled with abstract , a few photographs and a copy of an FBI report. The story of the Curies and of their offspring the Joliet-Curies and of Marie¿s later liason with Langevin are interesting and coherent. However, the choice of intermingled vignettes presumably illustrating the impact of the Curies¿ scientific work on the world is quite odd an uniformed: there is a vignette on 250 young women who suffered from radiation effects due to licking the paint brushes used to apply radium containing paint to watch numerals and another on a couple who were convinced that their repeated visits to a Montana mine converted to a radon health spa had saved the wife¿s life, but no mention of the enormous benefits to billions of medical X-rays, radiation therapy and nuclear electricity.
samreads More than 1 year ago
Radioactive depicts the personal and scholarly life of Marie Curie and the people she grows to love and the people she comes across. In a unique and vivid format, Lauren Redniss illustrates and shares the ups and downs of Curie’s life from her arrival in Paris, her scientific discoveries, and her public life. Radioactive is such a fun alternative to a regular ol’ biography. It’s filled with vivid art and easy to read text. I especially liked the inclusion of various other information and tidbits relating back to the Curie’s work and the interconnectedness between their work and other scientists. Not only is it informational and crafted with stunning illustrations, Redniss took extra care in showcasing all that could be possible in sharing a biographical work - adding special features from the font of the text to the ink the pages are printed in. Also, a really awesome perk, some sections glow in the dark, just like the radioactive materials Marie and Pierre Curie discovered. It’s a beautiful book and a must have for your personal library. Read if you like: non fiction - biography, science, graphic novels, illustrated works
claudika More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! Give me a good reason why is not available on NOOK yet?
stitchingpink More than 1 year ago
I won't do this book justice with a review. It is simply beautiful.
Muhkenziee More than 1 year ago
Why isnt this a nookbook yet?! I wanna read it so baddddd!