Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss
I gave this book 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads
A.Maz.Ing. This book is not only stunningly gorgeous to look at but beautifully written. Every page, even the filler pages, were a treat to explore. It’s not a graphic novel in the traditional sense, more an illustrated book for grown ups, if there’s even a difference. The author uses her own designed font and a combination of cyanotype prints, hand drawings, paintings, photographs, ephemera, and creates a rich, new, full experience of the Curies and the fallout of their own lives that you simply can’t get just reading an encyclopedia entry.
The story itself follows, in equal measure, the lives of three generations of Curies, their science loves and discoveries, their human loves and discoveries, and the far reaching effects of both. It’s a non-fiction book that reads like fantasy. I knew an average, sound byte level of information about the Curies, so this was both fun and educational. I fear I now may become obsessed with Curie science. But, I think even folks who know a lot about the subject will find its treatment here to be refreshing and I would recommend it to absolutely anyone.