Radioactive

Radioactive

Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love & Fallout

Book - 2011
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"Radioactive offer innumerable wonders....In this wholly original book about passion and discovery Lauren Redniss has invented her own unique form." --Nicole Krauss, author of Great House and The History of Love

"Quite unlike any book I have ever read...sheer imaginative genius." --Malcolm Gladwell

Radioactive is the visual journey into the life of Marie Curie, as told through the dazzling collage style of acclaimed author and artist Lauren Redniss. A brilliant visual storyteller, Redniss has hand-designed more than 100 color collages to tell Curie's story, fascinating in its scientific significance and its sometimes whimsical, sometimes haunting mix of romance and intrigue. Bringing together archival photos, images, and clippings with dazzling line drawings and a compelling narrative, Radioactive is far more than just an art book or a graphic novel: It is a stunning visual biography and a true work of art.

Publisher: New York : !t Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780061351327
0061351326
Branch Call Number: 540.922 CURIE P
Characteristics: 205 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), col. maps, portraits (chiefly col.), facs. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm.

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LPL_KimberlyL Sep 24, 2016

Gorgeously produced, this graphic biography is just as clever and inventive as Marie and Pierre Curie! Informative, romantic, and beautiful to look at, this book is absolute perfection.

While this isn't exactly a graphic novel, it's a beautifully illustrated book that will appeal to fans of nonfiction graphic novels. Also SCIENCE.


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elizabeth88_1
Aug 24, 2017

Marie Curie was a brave but foolhardy woman to expose herself to radium the way she did! But it was all for science so she obviously thought it was worth the sacrifice!

LPL_KimberlyL Sep 24, 2016

Gorgeously produced, this graphic biography is just as clever and inventive as Marie and Pierre Curie! Informative, romantic, and beautiful to look at, this book is absolute perfection.

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mountaininabottle
Apr 12, 2016

Far more than the typical scientific hagiography, the author includes several digressions that illuminate the equivocal consequences of her research. Wait until you see the mutant flowers of Three Mile Island!

mallc Jan 05, 2016

LOVE this book. A gentle, spacey, and beautiful re-telling of the story of Marie and Pierre Curie and the radiation that propelled their lives and ended them.

morrisonist Oct 05, 2015

Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa

I'm waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I'm breathing in the chemicals

I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my system blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

I raise my flag and dye my clothes
It's a revolution, I suppose
We're painted red to fit right in
Whoa

I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my system blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

All systems go, the sun hasn't died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside

I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my system blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I'm radioactive, radioactive

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rjhoselton
Aug 18, 2015

Simply a fascinating book. Imagine if Matisse and Picasso combined their talents to create a graphic biography of the Curies. Redniss has created a uniquely beautiful and informative piece. Nicely done.

NYPL_Engagement Feb 05, 2014

Produced in collaboration with students at Parsons the New School for Design
Radioactive tells the story of an artist and writer who drew on the vast collections of The New York Public Library to create a new work of art. Lauren Redniss was a Fellow at the Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2008–09, where she worked on a book of visual art and narrative nonfiction called Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (HarperCollins, December 2010).

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