August 22, 2017


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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The font and images used in this book were purposefully designed to capture radium's "spontaneous luminosity" and the Curies' fascination with physics and spiritualism. Sparse lines of text suddenly expand into dense passages describing the element's importance to historical events like Hiroshima and Chernobyl and the future. The words flow around art that alternately brightens or darkens, creating pages that are ghostly, mysterious, and erotic. Together they form a biography of outer-worldly proportions.

For teen and adult readers.

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